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Crimean MPs Vote to Join Russia

The parliament of Crimea, the southern Ukrainian region that has set off a storm in international relations, has voted to become part of the Russian Federation. The government body says the decision will now be put to the Crimean people in a referendum on March 16. The population of Crimea is mostly ethnic Russians, and pro-Russian groups have been in control of the peninsula since the toppling of Ukraine’s former president. A Ukrainian government minister says it would be unconstitutional for Crimea to join Russia.