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Crimea Parliament Votes to Join Russia

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The Crimean parliament has voted to leave Ukraine and join Russia, with the region's deputy prime minister saying the decree was effective immediately and that Russian soldiers were the only legitimate forces in Crimea. 

The parliament on Thursday unanimously adopted a motion for the strategic peninsula to join the Russian Federation.

Crimea's deputy prime minister, Rustam Temurgaliyev told Reuters: "The Ukrainian armed forces have to choose: lay down their weapons, ... accept Russian citizenship and join the Russian military."

Read it at Aljazeera

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