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Crimea gears up for vote

Simferopol (Ukraine), March 15 (Reuters): Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations today for a referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea region from Ukraine to Moscow.

Russia vetoed a UN Security Council resolution that declared the referendum invalid, as Ukraine’s defence ministry said it scrambled aircraft and paratroops to confront a Russian encroachment beyond Crimea's regional boundary.

Tomorrow’s vote in Crimea, dismissed by Kiev as illegal, has triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War and marks a new peak in turmoil in Ukraine.

 
 
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