Russia past Crimea line

Border city seized just before vote

Posted: March 16, 2014 at 4:57 a.m.

Ukrainian Orthodox Archbishop Clement walks past an armored vehicle Saturday outside a Ukrainian army base in Perevalne in Crimea, which votes today on splitting from Ukraine.

Russian forces backed by helicopter gunships and armored vehicles Saturday took control of a village near the border with Crimea on the eve of a referendum on whether the region should seek annexation by Moscow, Ukrainian officials said.

Demonstrators carrying Russian and Ukrainian flags march Saturday in Moscow to oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine policies and what man...

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