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U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea "sovereignty"

Participants in a pro-Russian rally wave Russian flags in front of a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Participants in a pro-Russian rally wave Russian flags in front of a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Participants in a pro-Russian rally wave Russian flags in front of a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about the crisis in Ukraine from the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about the crisis in Ukraine from the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to reporters about the crisis in Ukraine from the Briefing Room of the White House in Washington March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the crisis in Ukraine from the White House in Washington March 17, 2014. Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed for Russia's military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the crisis in Ukraine from the White House in Washington March 17, 2014. Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed for Russia's military incursion into Crimea, including...more

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks about the crisis in Ukraine from the White House in Washington March 17, 2014. Obama on Monday imposed sanctions on 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials blamed for Russia's military incursion into Crimea, including two top aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
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A participant in a pro-Russian rally waves a Russian flag in front of a statue of Lenin in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A participant in a pro-Russian rally waves a Russian flag in front of a statue of Lenin in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A participant in a pro-Russian rally waves a Russian flag in front of a statue of Lenin in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A pro-Russian supporter speaks to Ukrainian police during a rally outside the regional administration in Donetsk March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A pro-Russian supporter speaks to Ukrainian police during a rally outside the regional administration in Donetsk March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A pro-Russian supporter speaks to Ukrainian police during a rally outside the regional administration in Donetsk March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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A man reads a free newspaper with the headline "Crimea chooses Russia" on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A man reads a free newspaper with the headline "Crimea chooses Russia" on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A man reads a free newspaper with the headline "Crimea chooses Russia" on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A member of a Crimean self-defence unit stands near a street musician on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of a Crimean self-defence unit stands near a street musician on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of a Crimean self-defence unit stands near a street musician on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Members of a "Maidan" self-defense unit stand guard in front of a Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alex Kuzmin

Members of a "Maidan" self-defense unit stand guard in front of a Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alex Kuzmin

Members of a "Maidan" self-defense unit stand guard in front of a Ukrainian parliament building in Kiev March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Alex Kuzmin
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People queue to withdraw money outside a bank in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

People queue to withdraw money outside a bank in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

People queue to withdraw money outside a bank in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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A member of a Crimean self-defence unit spot checks a car on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of a Crimean self-defence unit spot checks a car on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

A member of a Crimean self-defence unit spot checks a car on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Armed men believed to be Russians march past a Ukrainian army car at the Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Armed men believed to be Russians march past a Ukrainian army car at the Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

Armed men believed to be Russians march past a Ukrainian army car at the Ukrainian military base in Perevalnoye, outside Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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An employee changes rates on a notice board at a currency exchange in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An employee changes rates on a notice board at a currency exchange in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

An employee changes rates on a notice board at a currency exchange in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A woman hands out free newspapers with the headline "Crimea chooses Russia" on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A woman hands out free newspapers with the headline "Crimea chooses Russia" on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

A woman hands out free newspapers with the headline "Crimea chooses Russia" on a street in Simferopol March 17, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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People celebrate and wave Russian flags as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced in the Crimean city of Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

People celebrate and wave Russian flags as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced in the Crimean city of Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

People celebrate and wave Russian flags as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced in the Crimean city of Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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People celebrate as they wait for the announcement of preliminary results of today's referendum in Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

People celebrate as they wait for the announcement of preliminary results of today's referendum in Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

People celebrate as they wait for the announcement of preliminary results of today's referendum in Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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People celebrate as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced in Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

People celebrate as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced in Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

People celebrate as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced in Sevastopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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A woman holds a Russian flag as she casts her ballot during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A woman holds a Russian flag as she casts her ballot during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A woman holds a Russian flag as she casts her ballot during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A woman casts her ballot during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A woman casts her ballot during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A woman casts her ballot during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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An election official watches voting in a referendum at a polling station in Simferopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

An election official watches voting in a referendum at a polling station in Simferopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili

An election official watches voting in a referendum at a polling station in Simferopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/David Mdzinarishvili
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Riot police stand guard in front of a regional government building during a pro-Russian rally in Kharkiv March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Dmitry Neymyrok

Riot police stand guard in front of a regional government building during a pro-Russian rally in Kharkiv March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Dmitry Neymyrok

Riot police stand guard in front of a regional government building during a pro-Russian rally in Kharkiv March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Dmitry Neymyrok
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An election official carries a mobile ballot box at a house during voting in a referendum at the village of Pionerskoye in Simferopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An election official carries a mobile ballot box at a house during voting in a referendum at the village of Pionerskoye in Simferopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

An election official carries a mobile ballot box at a house during voting in a referendum at the village of Pionerskoye in Simferopol March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A child holds the ballot of his mother during the referendum on the status of Ukraine's Crimea region at a polling station in Bakhchisaray March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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