Kiev responds with military mobilization as US and EU call Sunday’s vote “illegimitate” and calculate new sanctions
“We came back home to Mother Russia. We came back home, Russia is our home,” said Nikolay Drozdenko, a resident in Sevastopol, the key Crimean port where Russia leases a naval base from Ukraine.
Election commission workers open a ballot box at a polling station in downtown Simferopol, Ukraine, Sunday, March 16, 2014. Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia. (AP Photo/Max Vetrov) Election commission workers open a