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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.

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Demonstrators carrying Russian and Ukrainian flags march Saturday in Moscow to oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Ukra... (By: ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO) (Credit: AP)

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