The troops were affiliated with the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which was stationed in Crimea, which placed Russia in violation of the Budapest Memorandum. The Russian Foreign Ministry had confirmed the movement of the armored units of the Black Sea Fleet into Crimea, but claimed that they were acting within the framework of the various agreements between the two countries. Other official Russian sources denied that the units at Sevastopol International Airport were attached to the Black Sea Fleet.  Russia responded by supporting a referendum on whether Crimea should join. Russia announced that the referendums would be held by “local forces.” On 16 March, Russia annexed Crimea and Ukraine strongly protested against this action in violation of Article I of the Budapest Memorandum.
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