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Crimea separates from Ukraine; asks to rejoin Russia

Crimea’s Parliament on Monday adopted a declaration of independence and a formal request to accede to Russia

March 18, 2014 8:39 IST | India Infoline News Service
Crimea declared itself independent from Ukraine and has applied to rejoin Russia after its residents overwhelmingly supported the historic passage in a referendum on Sunday, according to a media report.
Around 97% of voters said “yes” to rejoin Russia from which Crimea had been separated, when the Soviet Union broke up just 20 years ago. Only 2.5% voted in favour of staying with Ukraine, the report added.
With Russians constituting 58% of the region’s population, the vote results indicate that many Ukrainians, who account for nearly a quarter of Crimeans, voted for reunification with Russia.
Crimea’s Parliament on Monday adopted a declaration of independence and a formal request to accede to Russia. Later on Monday a delegation of Crimean lawmakers left for Moscow to fast track the accession process.

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