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Crimeans vote overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine, join Russia

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Associated Press photo by Andrey Basevich

Pro-Russia demonstrators storm the prosecutor-general's office during a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Sunday.

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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine — Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. The United States and Europe condemned the ballot as illegal and destabilizing and were expected to slap sanctions against Russia for it.

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Associated Press photo by Andrey Basevich

Pro-Russia demonstrators storm the prosecutor-general's office during a rally in Donetsk, Ukraine, on Sunday.