MOSCOW, March 16 Ninety-three percent of voters
in Ukraine's Crimea region supported union with Russia in a
referendum on Sunday, Russian state media quoted an exit poll as
The European Union and the United States say they will not
recognise the results of the referendum, hastily called by the
region's pro-Russian parliament after Russian forces seized
control of the Black Sea peninsula.
Rossiya-24 television and RIA news agency quoted an exit
poll by the Crimean Institute of Political and Social Research
as saying the vote was overwhelmingly in favour of union with
the Russian Federation.
Russian news agencies put the voter turnout at more than 80
percent, although Crimean Tatars had said they would not vote.
They make up about 12 percent of the population.
The head of the referendum commission, Mikhail Malyshev,
told a news conference in Crimea after voting ended that no
complaints had been filed about voting procedures or suggesting
"Currently, district commissions have begun to count the
results of the referendum," Malyshev said, declaring the
(Reporting by Lidia Kelly, Editing by Timothy Heritage)