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Over 95 Percent of Crimean Voters Back Joining Russia - First Referendum Results

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More than 95 percent of Crimean voters backed joining Russia and seceding from UkraineMore than 95 percent of Crimean voters backed joining Russia and seceding from UkraineMore than 95 percent of Crimean voters backed joining Russia and seceding from UkraineMore than 95 percent of Crimean voters backed joining Russia and seceding from Ukraine
00:53 17/03/2014
Tags: Crimea, Ukraine, Russia

SIMFEROPOL, March 17 (RIA Novosti) - More than 95 percent of Crimean voters backed joining Russia and seceding from Ukraine during Sunday's referendum, the head of the Crimean commission for holding the referendum said after more than a half ballots were counted.

According to Mikhail Malyshev, only 3 percent chose to restore the 1992 Crimean Constitution and remain an autonomous republic within Ukraine, while 1 percent of ballot papers were declared void.

Voters were asked just two questions on the ballot – printed in the Russian, Ukrainian and Tatar languages – to secede from Ukraine and request annexation by Russia, or to remain part of Ukraine with expanded autonomy for the region.

Malyshev also said that more than 81 percent of eligible voters (over 1.5 million people) cast ballots in the referendum.

Sunday’s referendum  is at the center of the most serious geopolitical showdown between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.

Ukrainian and Western leaders have denounced the referendum as illegitimate and unconstitutional, while Moscow insists the Crimeans – a majority of whom identify as ethnic Russians – should be allowed to determine their own destiny.

Western leaders have threatened targeted economic sanctions and visa bans against Russian officials responsible for violating the territorial integrity of Ukraine if Crimea secedes and is annexed following the referendum.

The political crisis in Ukraine erupted in November following a step back by President Viktor Yanukovych from closer ties with Europe. Months-long protests in the country's capital Kiev that repeatedly turned deadly eventually led to his ouster by a vote of parliament February 22.

Crimea, along with several other regions in Ukraine, has refused to recognize as legitimate the new leadership in the country.

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  • Mikhail1228Congratulations Crimea!
    16:13, 17/03/2014
    The Western news media is all lies, misinformation, half truths and fabrications. The West says the Crimean referendum is illegal because of the constitution. There is no constitution as when armed neo nazi thugs took over the government by force this act was unconstitutional! Victoria Nuland was overheard on a taped phone call orchestrating regime change. Furthermore 5 billion US dollars was spent paying for this regime change. The UK's MP George Galloway said that the coup plotters in the US and EU gave protesters $50 dollars a day to promulgate violence against police, government officials and government buildings in Kiev. If anything is illegal its the meddling and interference of the US and EU in a sovereign countries internal affairs! As MP George Galloway said, the EU has unleashed Frankenstein's monster in Kiev by going to bed with the neo nazi's to overthrow a legitimately elected President and government!
  • Mikhail1228UK’s MP George Galloway
    16:47, 17/03/2014
    UK’s MP George Galloway- The West has unleashed Frankenstein’s monster

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJQW_0utHKY

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