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Crimea Overwhelmingly Votes to Join Russia

In a special vote that saw a turnout of 83%, the Crimean public has chosen to officially become part of Russia. And it was not even close—more than 96% of voters took the side of joining Putin’s nation opposed to remaining an autonomous region. Since the ouster of Ukraine’s President Yanukovych weeks ago by pro-Western opposition demonstrators, Russian forces have been a significant presence in the region. White House and E.U. officials both said that the move was a violation of international law, and the Obama administration issued a statement saying that the voting process was “administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention.” The United States will not recognize its outcome, and will likely introduce new economic sanctions against Russia …

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