As it happened: EU and US Crimea sanctions

Key points

  • Crimea's parliament declares the region's independence and formally applies to join Russia
  • The US and the EU impose sanctions on officials from Russia and Ukraine
  • Kiev says it will not recognise the results of Crimea's referendum on Sunday that approved leaving Ukraine
  • Ukrainian parliament approves mobilisation of 40,000 reservists amid "war-time situation"
  • All times GMT

Live text


  • Kerry Alexandra 
  • Joe Boyle 
  • Keith Moore 

Last updated 17 March 2014


Good morning and welcome to our live page where we will keep you up to date with the latest developments following the Crimean parliament's formal declaration of independence from Ukraine.

It follows Sunday's controversial referendum in which election officials say an overwhelming number of voters in Crimea backed joining Russia.


The EU's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says the "so-called referendum" was "illegal under the constitution of Ukraine and under international law".

She says the EU "can't simply sit back and say this situation can be allowed to happen", but that ministers needed to think carefully about what their response should be.

TWEET 11:20

Gavin Hewitt, BBC's Europe editor

tweets: "Merkel's spokesman says Russia widely isolated in recognising Crimean vote but how much pressure is Berlin willing to put on Moscow?"


As well as the EU, the US has also criticised the referendum.

The White House described Russia's actions in Crimea as "dangerous and destabilising".


Ukraine's Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh says Kiev has reached an agreement with Russian troops in Crimea in which they promise to allow the Ukrainians to replenish food supplies at their military bases there, BBC Monitoring reports.

Mr Tenyukh told the UNIAN news agency the agreement runs out on 21 March.


More from Ukraine's Defence Minister Ihor Tenyukh, who told the UNIAN news agency that Russia had deployed 60,000 troops "against Ukraine", including 21,600 troops in Crimea.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert says: "Russia is isolated to a large degree in its recognition of this so-called referendum" pointing to Saturday's vote at the UN Security Council where 13 countries rejected the referendum as invalid and China abstained.


Olexiy Solohubenko, editor at BBC Global News

tweets: "#Russia demands #Ukraine gives up #Crimea, changes constitution, becomes federal and Russian to become second state language. Tough talking."


A separatist leader says Crimea has received 295m euros (£246m) in aid from Russia, AFP news agency report.