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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".
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.