From VOA Learning English, this is In The News.
The crisis in Ukraine continued this week. On Thursday, lawmakers in Crimea approved a measure to make the peninsula part of Russia. The Crimean lawmakers also called a referendum on the issue. The special election is set for March 16th.
Sergei Shuvainikov is a deputy in the Crimean parliament. He said voters would be asked two questions: "First, ‘Do you vote for the reunion of Crimea with the Russian Federation, as a subject of the Russian Federation?' Second, ‘Do you vote for the restoration of the 1992 constitution and for Crimea to be part of Ukraine?'"
The vote in the Crimean parliament came as European Union leaders held emergency meetings in Brussels, Belgium. EU officials want to pressure Russia into recalling military forces from Crimea.
An aide to the commander of Ukraine's border guards said there are now 30,000 Russian soldiers in the area. That is in comparison to the 11,000 troops that were with Russia's Black Sea fleet in the port of Sevastopol before the crisis began.
Russian officials have denied the additional soldiers belong to its armed forces.
Yatsenyuk dismisses vote to join Russia
Ukraine's acting Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, was at the talks in Brussels. He dismissed the Crimean parliament's vote to join Russia.
"This is illegitimate decision and this so-called referendum has no legal grounds at all. That's the reason why we urge the Russian government not to support those who claim separatism in Ukraine. Crimea was, is and will be an integral part of Ukraine."
He also said his government is open to talks with Russia about the crisis.
"We are ready for co-operation, but we are not ready to surrender and to be the subordinate of Russia."
The situation in Ukraine has worsened Russian relations with the West, including the United States. President Barack Obama says the presence of Russian forces in the Crimean peninsula violates Ukraine's rights as an independent country. On Thursday, he ordered sanctions against individuals found to have violated Ukraine's territorial integrity. The actions include visa restrictions. The EU also announced measures against Russia, suspending talks on visas and a new economic agreement.
Obama and Putin discuss situation by telephone
President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke by telephone for about an hour on Thursday. President Putin dismissed an American warning over Russia's involvement in Crimea. Russian officials said Mr. Putin denounced Ukraine's new western-supported government as "illegitimate". And he said his country cannot ignore calls for help from Crimea and the eastern and southern parts of Ukraine.
As a way of finding a solution to the crisis, President Obama called for direct talks between Russia and Ukraine.
Mr. Obama is not alone in his reaction to the increased Russian involvement in Crimea. A top official of the European Union called the Russian actions illegal. Jan Tombinski, the EU's representative in Russia, said Crimea cannot decide to leave Ukraine just because of an election that included only Crimea. He said article 73 in Ukraine's constitution makes the referendum illegal.
And that's In the News from VOA Learning English. I'm Steve Ember.
本周，乌克兰危机继续。周四，克里米亚立法者通过了一项措施，决定克里米亚半岛加入俄罗斯 。立法者们还呼吁对该问题举行全民公投 。这次特别的投票定于3月16日举行 。
乌克兰边境警卫队指挥官的一名助手表示，目前该地区共有30,000名俄罗斯士兵。而这场危机开始以前，俄罗斯黑海舰队在塞瓦斯托波尔港口的军队共有11,000人 。俄罗斯官员否认增加的士兵属于俄国军队 。
乌克兰临时总理耶森尤克(Arseniy Yatsenyuk)参加了布鲁塞尔会谈。他驳回了克里米亚议会投票加入俄罗斯的决定 。
“这是非法的决定，所谓的全民公投根本没有任何法律依据。这就是我们为何敦促俄罗斯政府不要支持那些宣扬乌克兰分离主义的人 。克里米亚无论是过去，现在，还是将来，都是乌克兰不可缺少的一部分 。”
乌克兰的形势导致俄罗斯与西方国家的关系恶化，包括美国在内。奥巴马总统表示，俄罗斯军队出现在克里米亚半岛侵犯了乌克兰作为一个独立国家的权利 。周四，他下令对侵犯了乌克兰领土完整的个人实施制裁措施，其中包括签证禁令 。欧盟也宣布了针对俄罗斯的措施，暂停了关于签证和新的经济协议的会谈 。
周四，奥巴马总统和俄罗斯总统普京通电话大约一小时的时间。普京总统反驳了美国关于俄罗斯介入克里米亚的警告 。俄罗斯官员表示，普京谴责乌克兰新成立的西方支持的政府是非法的 。他还表示，俄罗斯不能忽视克里米亚和乌克兰东部以及南部寻求帮助的声音 。
奥巴马总统对俄罗斯向克里米亚增兵的反应并不是唯一的。欧盟一名高级官员称俄罗斯的行为是非法的 。欧盟驻俄罗斯大使汤姆宾斯基(Jan Tombinski)表示，克里米亚不能仅仅因为只包括克里米亚人在内的一次投票就决定脱离乌克兰 。他表示，乌克兰宪法第73条的规定决定了这次全民公投是非法的 。
以上就是今天的美国之音慢速学英语时事新闻。我是Steve Ember 。
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