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Military Tension High As Crimea Holds Referendum

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March 16, 2014 AT 5:22 AM
The likelihood of a full-scale war breaking out between Russia and Ukraine continued to increase as Crimeans voted in an independence referendum Sunday. Voters lined up at polling stations early in the morning to take part in a vote called by the Crimean regional assembly, whose leader was appointed during a pro-Russian armed occupation of the parliament. "The referendum is in accordance with democratic principles," said Olga Timofeeva, protesting at a pro-Russia rally in Sevastopol prior to the vote. "It's an opportunity for us to decide our fate. "