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March 6, 2014 8:07 am

Crimea Parliament Votes to Join Russia, Referendum Date Set

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The entrance to Woksalna Metro Station, near Dnepropetrovsk railway station in Ukraine. Photo: Wiki Commons.

Reuters Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia on Thursday and its Moscow-backed government set a referendum within 10 days on the decision in a dramatic escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.

The sudden acceleration of moves to bring Crimea, which has an ethnic Russian majority and has effectively been seized by Russian forces, formally under Moscow’s rule came as European Union leaders gathered for an emergency summit to seek ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation.

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