Tense Crimea chooses whether to leave Ukraine for Russia




 
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Tense Crimea chooses whether to leave Ukraine for Russia
 
March 16th, 2014  
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Topic: Tense Crimea chooses whether to leave Ukraine for Russia


Tense Crimea chooses whether to leave Ukraine for Russia
By Aleksandar Vasovic and Mike Collett-White SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (Reuters) - Crimeans decided on Sunday whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum that has alarmed the ex-Soviet republic and triggered the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War. Thousands of Russian troops have taken control of the Black Sea peninsula, and Crimea's pro-Russian leaders have sought to ensure the vote is tilted in Moscow's favor. That, along with an ethnic Russian majority, is expected to result in a comfortable "Yes" vote to leave Ukraine, a move that could prompt U.S. and European sanctions as early as Monday against those seen as responsible for the takeover of Crimea. At a polling booth inside a high school in Simferopol, the Crimean regional capital, dozens of people lined up outside to cast their ballots early.




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