SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine (AFP) - Flags, chants and music plus plenty of alcohol filled the streets of Crimea's main cities on Sunday, March 16, 2014, after voters backed joining Russia and breaking away from Ukraine in a disputed referendum.
MOSCOW (REUTERS) - More than 95 per cent of voters in Ukraine's Crimea region supported union with Russia in a referendum on Sunday, according to partial results quoted by Russian state news agency RIA.
BELGRADE (AFP) - Serbia's ruling centre-right Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) party was set for a landslide victory in snap polls on Sunday, according to observer estimates, cementing its grip on power after pledging tough economic reforms and a route into the European Union (EU).
BRUSSELS (AFP) - The European Union was getting set to unfurl a wave of sanctions against Russia on Sunday, March 16, 2014, after a referendum on the fate of Crimea went ahead despite bitter Western opposition.
MOSCOW (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin told US President Barack Obama on Sunday, March 16, 2014, the referendum on Crimea joining Russia was fully legal, but the two leaders also agreed to work together to find ways out of the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin said.