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Pro-Ukrainian supporters raise their hands to symbolise a referendum and remember the victims of violence in recent protests in Kiev as they take part in a rally in Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Pro-Ukrainian supporters raise their hands to symbolise a referendum and remember the victims of violence in recent protests in Kiev as they take part in a rally in Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Pro-Ukrainian supporters raise their hands to symbolise a referendum and remember the victims of violence in recent protests in Kiev as they take part in a rally in Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A pro-Russian supporter holds a sign as she attends a rally in Simferopol, March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A pro-Russian supporter holds a sign as she attends a rally in Simferopol, March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A pro-Russian supporter holds a sign as she attends a rally in Simferopol, March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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People take part in a rally to mark the 200th birthday of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

People take part in a rally to mark the 200th birthday of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

People take part in a rally to mark the 200th birthday of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin
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Vladimir Konstantinov, speaker of the Crimean parliament, attends a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol, March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Vladimir Konstantinov, speaker of the Crimean parliament, attends a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol, March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Vladimir Konstantinov, speaker of the Crimean parliament, attends a pro-Russian rally in Simferopol, March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Pro-Ukrainian supporters raise their hands to symbolise a referendum and remember the victims of violence in recent protests in Kiev as they take part in a rally in Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Pro-Ukrainian supporters raise their hands to symbolise a referendum and remember the victims of violence in recent protests in Kiev as they take part in a rally in Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Pro-Ukrainian supporters raise their hands to symbolise a referendum and remember the victims of violence in recent protests in Kiev as they take part in a rally in Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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A woman with a portrait of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko takes part in a rally to mark his 200th birthday near a monument of him in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

A woman with a portrait of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko takes part in a rally to mark his 200th birthday near a monument of him in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

A woman with a portrait of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko takes part in a rally to mark his 200th birthday near a monument of him in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin
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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. . REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. . REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. . REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov (R) and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk take part in a rally to mark the 200th birthday of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko near his monument in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov (R) and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk take part in a rally to mark the 200th birthday of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko near his monument in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin

Acting President of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov (R) and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk take part in a rally to mark the 200th birthday of Ukrainian poet Taras Shevchenko near his monument in central Kiev March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Konstantin Grishin
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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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An armed man, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

An armed man, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

An armed man, believed to be a Russian serviceman, stand guard outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Armed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, march outside an Ukrainian military base in the village of Perevalnoye, near the Crimean city of Simferopol March 9, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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Pro-Russia supporters attend a rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pro-Russia supporters attend a rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pro-Russia supporters attend a rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Pro-Russia supporters attend a rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pro-Russia supporters attend a rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Pro-Russia supporters attend a rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Crimean Tatars attend an anti-war rally at Independence Square in Kiev March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Crimean Tatars attend an anti-war rally at Independence Square in Kiev March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich

Crimean Tatars attend an anti-war rally at Independence Square in Kiev March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Gleb Garanich
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Crimea's pro-Moscow leader Sergei Aksyonov is pictured in Simferopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Crimea's pro-Moscow leader Sergei Aksyonov is pictured in Simferopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Crimea's pro-Moscow leader Sergei Aksyonov is pictured in Simferopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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A flag is seen during a pro-Russia rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A flag is seen during a pro-Russia rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

A flag is seen during a pro-Russia rally in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Flowers are seen at a monument to the Russian navy in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Flowers are seen at a monument to the Russian navy in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Flowers are seen at a monument to the Russian navy in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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