73% turnout for Crimea referendum, but EU calls the vote “illegal, illegitimate”

Illegitimate” Vote, Seeks “Additional Measures”
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/16/2014 12:44 -0400

“No provocations have been reported. The situation is quiet and under control,” notes Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergei Aksynov (despite plenty of chatter of pro-Ukraine buildings being attacked by pro-Russian supporters in Donetsk and Kharkiv). However, what is perhaps more important is that Interfax reports, voter turnout at Sunday’s referendum on Crimea’ future status had reached 73% by 6 p.m. (8 p.m. Moscow time), according to a posting on the referendum’s website. That is higher than every US presidential election since 1900. European leaders remain dissatisfied with this “illegal and illegitimate” vote, demand Russian forces drop back to pre-crisis levels, and are preparing new EU sanctions for Monday.

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