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Declaring victory, Crimean and Russian officials pledge fast integration

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March 17, 2014, 12:12 a.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Kyiv Post

A young girl waves a Russian flag in Simferopol late on March 16 after exit polls showed that 93 percent of Crimeans voted to join Russia.
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SIMFEROPOL, Crimea -- With one exit poll showing that 93 percent of Crimeans voted to join Russia, and street celebrations under way, the peninsula's pro-Kremlin prime minister and a Russian nationalist politician pledged quick integration.

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