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Vladimir Putin to push ahead with annexation of Crimea

Russian president Vladimir Putin has told his parliament of Crimea's application to join Russia, and is set to be moving forward with annexing Crimea into Russia.

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Report: Crimea referendum turnout 'exceeded 80%'

About 93% of voters in Ukraine's Crimea region supported union with Russia, Russian state news agency RIA quoted an exit poll as showing.

Polling stations in Crimea closed at 6pm GMT. Another Russian news agency, Interfax, said voter turnout had exceeded 80%.

An election official watches voting in a referendum at a polling station in Simferopol. Credit: Reuters

The exit poll cited by RIA was conducted by the Crimean Institute of Political and Social Research.

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