In a referendum held earlier today in the Ukrainian region of Crimea, over 90% of the voters indicated that they wanted the region to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Crimea has an ethic Russian majority and was part of Russia until 1954, when Russia and Ukraine were each part of the Soviet Union.
The referendum was supported by the Russian government, but the United States has asserted that it violates international law and was done under duress from a Russian invasion. There are also reports of ethnic Ukrainians in Crimea boycotting the vote.
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