The latest escalation in the crisis also saw Moscow lash out at Washington for promising "illegal" financial assistance to Kiev leaders who rose to power on the back of three months of deadly protests that toppled a Russia-friendly regime.
Crimea Votes For Independence As US And Russia Clash
March 11, 2014

Via AFP:

The flashpoint Crimean peninsula's parliament voted on Tuesday for independence from Ukraine ahead of a referendum on joining Russia while Washington and Moscow locked horns in one of their fiercest clashes since the Cold War.

The hold of Kiev's new Western-backed leaders on the separatist region loosened still further when pro-Kremlin gunmen seized the air traffic control tower at Crimea's main international airport and cancelled all flights except for those to and from Moscow.

The latest escalation in the crisis also saw Moscow lash out at Washington for promising "illegal" financial...

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