Pro-Russian Crimeans toast future with Moscow after vote
Published on Mar 17, 2014 6:08 AM
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.
Some 5,000 people gathered in the historic port of Sevastopol for a celebration concert which started hours before polls closed and featured one of President Vladimir Putin's favourite bands.
Chants of "Sev-as-to-pol" and "Rus-si-a" rang around the city's Nakhimov Square, near the moored warships from Russia's Black Sea Fleet.
"Yes, I feel Russian - it feels great," said Ms Viktoria Niamchenko, 29, who was celebrating with a group of friends.
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