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Crimea switches to Moscow time amid incorporation frenzy

Published on Mar 30, 2014 5:57 AM
People celebrate the ceremonial change of time on the railway square in the Crimean city of Simferopol on March 30, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SIMFEROPOL, Crimea (REUTERS) - The hands of a clock on the main railway station in Simferopol jumped from 10pm to midnight (4am Singapore time) on Saturday as Crimea switched to Moscow time, symbolicly finalising the region's incorporation into Russia.

Several hundred people gathered on the railway square for the ceremonial change of time, waving Russian national flags and chanting "Crimea! Russia!" after Moscow formally annexed the Black Sea region from Ukranie on March 21.

"I greet you with our return home," Crimea's new pro-Moscow Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov told the crowd.

"I am confident that all that we have done is to the benefit of Crimea and Crimeans," he exclaimed, extending his thanks to "our President Vladimir Putin" to noisy applause from the crowd.

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