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"This move indicates that Russian leadership plans to treat Crimea as every other Russian region where unified state policy is applied. It means ethnic, historic and cultural diversity in the region will exist as a cover until Crimea is cleansed enough to meet the 'Russian world' standards," Chubarov posted on Facebook, Ukraine Today reported.

Read alsoToropov appointed Russia's charge d'affaires in UkraineAs UNIAN reported earlier, according to a decree issued by Russian President Vladimir Putin, the "Crimean Federal District" has been abolished as an independent unit. It is now part of the Southern Federal District of the Russian Federation.