SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — As Russian flags fluttered in the breeze and retirees grew weepy at the thought of reuniting with Russia, residents of Ukraine's Crimea region held a secession vote Sunday. The United States and Europe condemned the referendum as illegal, while Ukraine's new government called it a "circus" directed at gunpoint by Moscow.
Simferopol (Ukraine) (AFP) - 17:44 GMT - 'Kharkiv, Russian city' - More than 4,000 pro-Russian protesters have gone on the rampage in Kharkiv, reports AFP's Sergei Bobok from the Russian-speaking city in eastern Ukrainian. The demonstrators originally massed on Freedom Place, and brandished a 100-metre long Russian flag and waved posters proclaiming "Russia and Ukraine, together forever". They marched to the Russian Consulate and chanted "Russia, Russia", "Kharkiv, Russian city". The demonstrators moved on to the headquarters of the SBU security service where one grabbed a megaphone and urged the security forces to not obey the authorities in Kiev.