Crimeans Overwhelmingly Vote for Secession

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Ukraine's referendum committee said more than 95 percent of voters in Crimea have approved splitting off and joining Russia. The Ukraine and U.S. reject the vote as illegitimate. (March 16)

SHOTLIST:

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Simferopol, Ukraine - March 16, 2014

1. Wide of Russian dancers and band on stage

2. Mid to wide of crowds celebrating

3. Mid low angle of girl behind barricades watching the show

4. Mid of crowds clapping and snapping photos

5. Wide of screen with vote count, changes to Mikhail Malishev's speech

6. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Mikhail Malishev, Chairman of the Crimean Electoral:

"Of votes counted so far, 95.57 percent were in favor of rejoining Russia, and 3.3 percent in favor of remaining part of Ukraine."

7. Wide of back view of people hold hands and rotating in a circle

8. Wide of front view of people hold hands and rotating in a circle

9. Wide of people holding hands and uniting the circle they are in

10. Mid of 3 boys cheering giving thumbs up and gesturing

11. Mid of flags with Russian flags and the Soviet flag in the middle

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Kiev, Ukraine - March 16, 2014

12. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine:

"A circus performance is underway: the so-called referendum. This includes 21-thousand military personnel, who under the barrel of the gun safeguard this so-called referendum."

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65 kilometers from Donetsk, Ukraine - March 16, 2014

12. Wide of military vehicles travelling along road

13. Wide of military vehicles turning

14. Wide of armored vehicle with caterpillar tracks

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

ETHNIC RUSSIANS IN THE REGIONAL CRIMEAN CAPITAL OF SIMFEROPOL REJOICED AT THE PROSPECT OF ONCE AGAIN BECOMING PART OF RUSSIA.

AFTER CRIMEANS VOTED ON SUNDAY TO LEAVE UKRAINE AND JOIN RUSSIA.

HEAD OF THE REFERENDUM COMMITTEE MIKHAIL MALISHEV SAID THE INTIAL RESULT CAME AFTER MORE THAN 50 PERCENT OF BALLOTS HAD BEEN COUNTED.

SOUNDBITE (Russian) Mikhail Malishev, Chairman of the Crimean Electoral:

"Of votes counted so far, 95.57 percent were in favor of rejoining Russia, and 3.3 percent in favor of remaining part of Ukraine."

A JUBILANT CROWD GATHERED IN SIMFEROPOL AROUND A STATUE OF VLADIMIR LENIN.

THEY CELEBRATED THE OVERWHELMINGLY APPROVED REFERENDUM THAT SOUGHT TO UNITE THE PENNINSULA OF CRIMEA WITH THE COUNTRY IT WAS PART OF FOR SOME 250 YEARS.

OPPONENTS OF THE SECESSION ARE DENOUNCING THE VOTE AS A CYNICAL POWER PLAY AND LAND GRAB BY RUSSIA.

SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Prime Minister of Ukraine:

"A circus performance is underway: the so-called referendum. This includes 21-thousand military personnel, who under the barrel of the gun safeguard this so-called referendum."

WESTERN LEADERS PLAN TO PUNISH RUSSIA WITH ECONOMIC SANCTIONS.

WHILE CRIMEA'S PRO-RUSSIA PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCEDE THAT THE PARLIAMENT WILL MEET MONDAY TO FORMALLY ASK MOSCOW TO ANNEX CRIMEA.

SALIM ESSAID, ASSOCIATED PRESS

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