Election commission officials take part in the preparations for a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014. Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final ... more 
Election commission officials take part in the preparations for a referendum at the polling station in the Crimean town of Simferopol March 15, 2014. Pro-Russian leaders in Crimea made final preparations on Saturday for the referendum widely expected to transfer control of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine to Moscow, despite the threat of sanctions and condemnation from Western governments. Sunday's vote, dismissed by Kiev as illegal, has triggered the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, and ratcheted up tensions not only in Crimea but also eastern Ukraine, where two people were killed in clashes late on Friday. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (UKRAINE - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) less 
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