“RUSSIA TO CRIMEA: Welcome!


CNN

Russia dismisses sanctions threat

Russia’s parliament gave its full support to Crimean lawmakers who want to see their region split from Ukraine and join Russia. FULL STORY

“Crimea sets referendum on whether to join Russia”


WASHINGTON POST

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Lawmakers in the embattled Crimean region of Ukraine have decided to hold a referendum March 16 on whether Crimea should become part of Russia.

“This is our response to the disorder and lawlessness in Kiev,” Sergei Shuvainikov, a member of the local Crimean legislature, said Thursday. “We will decide our future ourselves.

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