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People waved Russian flags as fireworks exploded in the sky over Sevastopol, Crimea.
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Crimea will seek to adopt the Russian Ruble as its official currency.
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A man held a Crimean flag at the Crimean parliament building in central Simferopol. Crimea declared independence today and applied to join Russia.
Actors enacted a scene during an exhibition of alive paintings about Crimea in Russian history in downtown of Moscow.
Actors enacted scenes on the theme of Crimea in Russian history and culture in downtown of Moscow.
A couple holding Russian flags stood in front of Crimea's parliament in Simferopol.
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Pro-Russian Crimeans celebrated after hearing more than 95 percent of voters in Crimea supported union with Russia.
A man kissed the flag of the Soviet Union in Simferopol's Lenin Square in Crimea.
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The Ukrainian parliament gathered for a session Monday in Kiev.
Members of a military special unit stood guard in front of the Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev.
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Pro-Russian protesters chanted outside the Donetsk Prosecutors Building before storming the site Sunday.
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Pro-Russian protesters pushed past Ukrainian police in riot gear outside the Donetsk Prosecutors Building.
Russian flags waved as people celebrated in Lenin Square after the referendum in Simferopol, Ukraine.
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Celebrations continued after the vote to secede was announced, though the Ukrainian government in Kiev denounced the referendum.
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A partial counting showed that 95 percent of Crimean voters supported joining Russia.
A Ukrainian couple held their hands over their hearts while singing the Ukrainian national anthem in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine.
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