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“We deputies of the City Council of Sevastopol hereby state our non-recognition of the authorities in Kyiv that have come to rule the country through an armed coup d’état and consider them illegitimate. We say a categorical NO to the so-called ‘new’ Ukrainian Maidan authorities in the Hero City of Sevastopol,” the statement said on Saturday.

The council decided to organize a provisional body for the day-to-day economic administration of the city and declared support for Alexei Chaly as “people’s mayor.”

“We believe that all the decisions that are being made by the so-called central authorities are illegitimate as they are being made in unconstitutional ways and with gross violations of procedures established by law. At the fault of the opposition that proclaimed itself to be hegemons of democracy and authority, all legal methods of peaceful settlement of differences have in effect been used up,” the statement said.

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