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96.6 pct voted to join Russia in disputed Crimea poll: final results

  • Pro-Russian people celebrate in the central square in Sevastopol, Ukraine, late Sunday, March 16, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Lubimov)

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine: Crimea's pro-Moscow leader Sergiy Aksyonov on Monday said 96.6 percent of voters casting ballots in a weekend poll chose to break off from Ukraine and join Russia.

"Final results of the referendum -- 96.6 percent in favour!" he tweeted, a day after the disputed poll which is only recognised by Russia and which has sparked an international diplomatic crisis.

 
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