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Crimea declares independence from Ukraine, applies to join Russia: officialPublish Date: Mar 17, 2014
Crimea declares independence from Ukraine, applies to join Russia: official
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People sing the Russian national anthem as they celebrate in Simferopols Lenin Square on March 16, 2014 after exit polls showed that about 95.5 percent of voters in Ukraines Crimea region supported union with Russia. AFP PHOTO / DIMITAR DILKOFF
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 SIMFEROPOL - Crimea's regional assembly on Monday declared independence from Ukraine and applied to join Russia, saying all Ukrainian state property on the peninsula would be nationalised.

"The republic of Crimea appeals to the United Nations and to all countries of the world to recognise it as an independent state," read a document approved by the assembly, a day after the peninsula voted overwhelmingly to become part of Russia.

AFP

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