Crimeans vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in disputed ballot

Voters in Crimea turned out in droves today to determine whether or not their country would remain an autonomous part of Ukraine or instead join Russia. In what was deemed a foregone conclusion by the West, Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede, with the head of the referendum committee reporting that 95 percent of residents backed annexation. The final tally is expected in the coming days, and the Crimean parliament will formally ask Russia to be annexed tomorrow. European nations and the US have denounced the ballot as illegal, and sanctions are expected going forward as Russia continues to stir old Cold War-era fears.

“We are one family and we want to live with our brothers.”

According to the Associated Press, fireworks were shot…

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