A video has emerged on YouTube reportedly showing Russian passport-holders living in Ukraine saying that they did not "want to be saved" by pro-Russian forces or politicians in Moscow.
In the clip, people who appear to be Russian citizens currently residing in Ukraine, hold up their Russian passports and say variations of "we did not ask to be saved".
This English-subtitled video is part of a wider campaign by a pro-Ukraine independence group that is currently building traction on social media.
Putin's decree recognising Crimea as a 'sovereign country' has triggered the toughest sanctions against Russia since the Cold War.
With over half of the votes counted, over 95% of people in Crimea have voted to become part of Russia, election officials have said.
At some point the West's warnings will have to become deeds, part of the problem is they don't know which Putin they're dealing with.