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Official: 96.8% Of Voters Support Joining Russia

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The United States and its European allies are expected to announce sanctions against Russia sometime Monday after Crimea’s election chief announced that just under 97 percent of voters in the region supported leaving Ukraine and becoming a Russian province in a referendum held Sunday.

Mikhail Malyshev said in a televised news conference that the final tally of voters in favor of joining Russia was 96.77 percent. The announcement was merely confirmation of what had been expected once the referendum was announced by the region’s parliament earlier this month.

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