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Crimea Wants To Be Annexed By Russia

Reid Nakamura |
March 6, 2014 | 9:08 a.m. PST

Executive Producer

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The parliament of the Crimea region of Ukraine has voted unanimously to hold a referendum on March 16 that will decide whether the region will remain a part of Ukraine or become a part of Russia. The move has been condemned by the Ukrainian government.

The legitimacy of the move has been called into question. Last month, pro-Russian troops took control of the peninsula and stormed the parliament building, at which time a new pro-Moscow government was elected. The parliament no longer acknowledges the power of authorities in Kiev.

READ MORE: Russia: Ukraine Wanted Crimea Invasion

According to CNN, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called the vote “illegitimate,” saying the referendum “has no legal grounds at all.” The Russian government said it will wait until after the referendum to make a decision on the matter. 

READ MORE: Ukraine Crisis Timeline: How It Unfolded

Read more at Al Jazeera, CNN, and the Washington Post.
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