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A majority of Crimeans chose to join Russia in a disputed referendum exit polls showed, deepening the worst crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.
A total of 93 percent voted today in favor of leaving Ukraine to become part of Russia, the Republican Institute of Social and Political Studies said, citing exit polls from the vote in the Black Sea peninsula. The Ukrainian government, the European Union and the U.S. all consider the referendum illegal. About 1.5 million Crimean voters were eligible to take part, according to the region’s prime minister.