Crimeans vote in referendum to become part of Russia

Newscast Media MOSCOW—The people have spoken. Crimeans have voted in a
referendum to join Russia after a coup in Ukraine forced its President Viktor
Yanukovych to seek refuge in Russia. With over half the votes in, election officials
say that over 95 percent of Crimeans have voted in favor of joining Russia.

Russia could absorb Crimea in a matter of weeks, the head of the region’s parliament
told RIA Novosti in an exclusive interview.

Barack Obama called and spoke to Putin, rejecting the results because of an alleged
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