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Posted: March 17, 2014 at 4:02 a.m.

QUOTE OF THE DAY “This will end up in military action, in which peaceful people will suffer. And that means everybody. Shells and bullets are blind.” Vasyl Ovcharuk, a Ukrainian retiree who refused to vote in Sunday’s referendum, in which Crimea residents voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia

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