March 17, 2014

Via AFP:

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to join former political master Russia as tensions soared in the east of the splintered ex-Soviet nation, the epicentre of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Partial results with more than half the ballots counted showed 95.5 percent of voters were in favour of leaving Ukraine, in the most radical redrawing of Europe's map since Kosovo's 2008 declaration of independence from Serbia.

Thousands in the regional capital Simferopol cheered the results, with the Russian national anthem ringing out on Lenin Square, later followed by celebratory...

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