Crimea applies to join Russia

 
 
Posted Monday, March 17th 2014 @ 10am  by Rob Quinn, Newser Staff

(NEWSER) – Crimea declared independence from Ukraine today, with officials claiming an overwhelming 96.7% of voters voted to join Russia—but the US and its European allies say the vote in the Ukrainian region was illegal and the results will never be accepted. The White House says President Obama has warned Vladimir Putin that the result "would never be recognized by the United States and the international community" and that "we are prepared to impose additional costs on Russia for its actions," reports the Washington Post.

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