Crimea Referendum Set for March 16

The referendum on the status of Crimеa was once more moved to an earlier date and will be held on March 16. 

According to Crimea's first deputy-prime minister Rustam Temirgaliev, Crimeans will be asked  to decide if the autonomous republic stays part of Ukraine or joins Russia. 
There will be two questions on the ballots. 

Bulgarian MEP Warns of Negative Impact of EU Visa Sanctions on Russia

The EU cannot plug the holes in Ukraine's economy, according to Bulgarian socialist MEP Ivaylo Kalfin.

Speaking at a meeting with Bulgarian journalists in Brussels, Kalfin argued that Ukraine could get assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the IMF was the body which could solve the country's immediate problems.

Tensions in Donetsk as Pro-Russians Seize Govt Building

Tension has been rising in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk as pro-Russian demonstrators seized a government administration building on Wednesday.

Some of the activists barged through the police protecting the area and entered the government building by smashing windows and entrances, Euronews reports. The Ukrainian flag on the roof was replaced by a Russian one.

Bulgaria to Not See Electricity Price Hikes in Years – Socialist MP

Socialist MP Yavor Kuyumdzhiev has assured that electricity prices in Bulgaria will not increase for years.

"Anybody may request an increase in power rates but what matters is what the State Commission for Energy and Water Regulation (DKEVR) permits, and the demands of power distributors are unrealistic," Kuyumdzhiev said Thursday in an interview for Nova TV.

EU Freezes Bank Accounts of Ex-government Officials of Ukraine

The EU freezes the bank accounts of 18 former government officials of Ukraine as of Thursday. 

The list of names is not officially announced, but among them are the ousted president Viktor Yanukovich, his two sons, the former chief prosecutor Victor Pshonka, interior minister Vitalii Zaharenko, justice minister Olga Lukash and heads of Yanukovich's administration. 

War crimes verdicts improve Kosovo-Serbia relations, experts say

War crimes verdicts improve Kosovo-Serbia relations, experts say

The Belgrade court decisions on war crimes committed in Kosovo will help improve the relationship between Albanians and Serbs, experts and citizens said.

Future verdicts by the Belgrade High Court War Crimes Chamber could help improve relations between Serbia and Kosovo. [AFP]