March 17, 2014 / 7:40 AM / 3 years ago

More than 96 percent of Crimeans voted to join Russia - official

MOSCOW, March 17 (Reuters) - A complete, preliminary ballot count showed that 96.77 of voters in Ukraine's Crimea region have voted to join Russia, the chairman of the regional government commission overseeing the referendum said on Monday.

Mikhail Malyshev spoke in remarks shown on Russian state television following Sunday's referendum.

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