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Ukraine crisis: Crimea assembly declares independence from Ukraine

Published on Mar 11, 2014 6:25 PM
 
A woman walks by a poster in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol on March 10, 2014. Pro-Moscow lawmakers in Crimea voted for independence from Ukraine on Tuesday in a precursor to a referendum this weekend for the region to become part of Russia. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Pro-Moscow lawmakers in Crimea voted for independence from Ukraine on Tuesday in a precursor to a referendum this weekend for the region to become part of Russia.

The local assembly approved a "declaration on the independence of the autonomous republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol" with 78 out of 81 lawmakers present voting in favour, the parliament's press service said in a statement.