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Crimea chooses to join Russia in lopsided vote
Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Officials say there was high turnout for a vote the opposition says was fixed from the beginning.

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Ukrainian troops digging in between Donetsk and the Russian border on March 20, 2014.

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Ukrainian troops digging in between Donetsk and the Russian border on March 20, 2014.

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Ukraine's border with Russia on March 20, 2014.

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Russian soldiers patrol outside the navy headquarters in Simferopol on March 18, 2014.

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C), Crimean parliament speaker Vladimir Konstantionov (L) and Alexei Chaly, Sevastopol's new de facto mayor (R), sign a treaty on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula becoming part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18, 2014.

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A resident of Crimea casts her vote in Simferopol, Crimea's capital. The pro-Russia authorities in Crimea organized the referendum on March 16, 2014 to decide whether or not the region leaves Ukraine and joins Russia.

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A woman holds her Ukrainian passport as she wait to vote in the referendum. The pro-Russia authorities in Crimea organized the referendum on March 16, 2014 to decide whether or not the region leaves Ukraine and joins Russia.

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Residents come and go outside a polling station. The pro-Russia authorities in Crimea organized the referendum on March 16, 2014 to decide whether or not the region leaves Ukraine and joins Russia.

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A man in woman sit inside a polling station, waiting for their turn to vote. The pro-Russia authorities in Crimea organized the referendum on March 16, 2014 to decide whether or not the region leaves Ukraine and joins Russia.

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A woman votes at a polling station in Simferopol, Crimea's capital. The pro-Russia authorities in Crimea organized the referendum on March 16, 2014 to decide whether or not the region leaves Ukraine and joins Russia.

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An official carries a ballot box. The pro-Russia authorities in Crimea organized the referendum on March 16, 2014 to decide whether or not the region leaves Ukraine and joins Russia.

(Ronny Rozenberg - GlobalPost)
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Residents check in at a polling station in Simferopol, Crimea's capital. The pro-Russia authorities in Crimea organized the referendum on March 16, 2014 to decide whether or not the region leaves Ukraine and joins Russia.

(Ronny Rozenberg - GlobalPost)
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A soldier in Crimea boards a bus as residents celebrate the vote in the background. Most expected Crimea to overwhelmingly choose to join Russia.

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A pro-Russian man in Simferopol, Crimea's capital, waves the Soviet flag on March 16, 2014.

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A billboard in Simferopol, Crimea's capital, reads: "Together with Russia. 16th of March Referendum.” The pro-Russia authorities in Crimea organized the referendum on March 16, 2014 to decide whether or not the region leaves Ukraine and joins Russia.

(Ronny Rozenberg - GlobalPost)
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Residents check in at a polling station in Kaminka, a village made up of mostly Tatars, Crimea's indigenous ethnic population. Many Tatars said they would boycott the vote, fearing oppression if Russia were to take over.

(Ronny Rozenberg - GlobalPost)
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