Will Crimea Leave Ukraine?

The much-awaited referendum in Crimea is taking place today. From the looks of it, Crimea has overwhelmingly voted to leave and join Russia. (No surprises there, right?) Here’s a map I found from a Russian I follow on Twitter.

Data from exit polls at 8:00 Moscow time.
Data from exit polls at 8:00 Moscow time.

A massive majority—93%—have voted for Crimea to be a part of Russia. Only 7% voted for it to remain a part of Ukraine.

I don’t know what the next step is. I guess it’s for Russia to say to Crimeans: Добро пожаловать в Российскую Федерацию! [Welcome to the Russian Federation!]

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