Red Square cheers go up over Crimea

Posted: March 8, 2014 at 3:30 a.m.

Demonstrators waving Russian flags Friday gather at Red Square in Moscow as Russia rallied support for a Crimean bid to secede from Ukraine. One leader in Russia’s parliament assured Crimean leaders that the region would be welcomed as “an absolutely equal subject of the Russian Federation.”

Russia was swept up in patriotic fervor Friday favoring Crimea’s return to its territory, with tens of thousands of people in Red Square waving flags and chanting “Crimea is Russia!” as a parliamentary leader declared that the peninsula would be welcomed as an “equal subject” of Russia.

A man carries bouquets of flowers Friday as riot police stand at the entrance to the regional administrative building in Donetsk, Ukraine, after clash...

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