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Crimea declares independence from Ukraine, applies to join Russia

Published on Mar 17, 2014 5:09 PM
 
Pro-Russian Crimeans gather to celebrate in Simferopol's Lenin Square on March 16, 2014 after exit polls showed that about 93 percent of voters in Ukraine's Crimea region supported union with Russia. Crimea's regional assembly on Monday, March 17, 2014, declared independence from Ukraine and applied to join Russia, saying all Ukrainian state property on the peninsula would be nationalised. -- PHOTO: AFP

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AFP) - Crimea's regional assembly on Monday declared independence from Ukraine and applied to join Russia, saying all Ukrainian state property on the peninsula would be nationalised.

"The republic of Crimea appeals to the United Nations and to all countries of the world to recognise it as an independent state," read a document approved by the assembly, a day after the peninsula voted overwhelmingly to become part of Russia.