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Crimea to vote on joining Russia, Moscow wields U.N. veto

An election commission official installs a Crimean flag during preparations for a referendum at the polling station in Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An election commission official installs a Crimean flag during preparations for a referendum at the polling station in Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An election commission official installs a Crimean flag during preparations for a referendum at the polling station in Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Pro-Russian demonstrators take part in a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, (2nd L) talks to Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Mark Lyall Grant, (2nd R) during a U.N. Security Council meeting regarding the Ukrainian crisis, in New York March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, (2nd L) talks to Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Mark Lyall Grant, (2nd R) during a U.N. Security Council meeting regarding the Ukrainian crisis, in New York March 15, 2014....more

Russia's ambassador to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, (2nd L) talks to Britain's ambassador to the United Nations, Mark Lyall Grant, (2nd R) during a U.N. Security Council meeting regarding the Ukrainian crisis, in New York March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Pro-Russian demonstrators scuffle with police during a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Pro-Russian demonstrators scuffle with police during a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Pro-Russian demonstrators scuffle with police during a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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A vote regarding the Ukrainian crisis is taken at the U.N. Security Council in New York March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

A vote regarding the Ukrainian crisis is taken at the U.N. Security Council in New York March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

A vote regarding the Ukrainian crisis is taken at the U.N. Security Council in New York March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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An election commission official carries a polling box during preparations for a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014.. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An election commission official carries a polling box during preparations for a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014.. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An election commission official carries a polling box during preparations for a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014.. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Ukrainian servicemen stand guard at a check point near the village of Salkovo in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard at a check point near the village of Salkovo in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian servicemen stand guard at a check point near the village of Salkovo in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A Ukrainian serviceman guards a check point near the village of Salkovo in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A Ukrainian serviceman guards a check point near the village of Salkovo in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A Ukrainian serviceman guards a check point near the village of Salkovo in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A vote regarding the Ukrainian crisis is taken at the U.N. Security Council in New York March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

A vote regarding the Ukrainian crisis is taken at the U.N. Security Council in New York March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

A vote regarding the Ukrainian crisis is taken at the U.N. Security Council in New York March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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Pro-Russian demonstrators receive Russian flags during a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Pro-Russian demonstrators receive Russian flags during a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

Pro-Russian demonstrators receive Russian flags during a rally in Donetsk March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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People stand under a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin during a pro-Russia protest in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People stand under a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin during a pro-Russia protest in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

People stand under a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin during a pro-Russia protest in the Crimean capital of Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A man looks at Russian ships in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A man looks at Russian ships in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A man looks at Russian ships in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Ukrainian servicemen walk towards a truck at a check point near the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian servicemen walk towards a truck at a check point near the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian servicemen walk towards a truck at a check point near the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard near a check point outside the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard near a check point outside the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

A Ukrainian serviceman stands guard near a check point outside the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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An election commission official takes part in the preparations for a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An election commission official takes part in the preparations for a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An election commission official takes part in the preparations for a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Ukrainian servicemen drive armoured vehicles past trucks near the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian servicemen drive armoured vehicles past trucks near the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko

Ukrainian servicemen drive armoured vehicles past trucks near the village of Chongar in Kherson region, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko
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Election commission officials count ballots ahead of a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Election commission officials count ballots ahead of a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Election commission officials count ballots ahead of a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Pro-Russian supporters take part in a rally in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 15, 2014.REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pro-Russian supporters take part in a rally in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 15, 2014.REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pro-Russian supporters take part in a rally in Sevastopol, Crimea, March 15, 2014.REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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A man attends a pro-Russian rally on the eve of a referendum in Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A man attends a pro-Russian rally on the eve of a referendum in Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A man attends a pro-Russian rally on the eve of a referendum in Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A woman feeds a pigeon near a monument displaying a Soviet-era tank on the eve of a referendum in Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A woman feeds a pigeon near a monument displaying a Soviet-era tank on the eve of a referendum in Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A woman feeds a pigeon near a monument displaying a Soviet-era tank on the eve of a referendum in Simferopol, March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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People take part in an anti-war procession and a rally in Moscow March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

People take part in an anti-war procession and a rally in Moscow March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

People take part in an anti-war procession and a rally in Moscow March 15, 2014. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
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