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After the Vote: Crimeans Raise Soviet Flag

Image: Soviet Union flag in Simferopol's Lenin Square
A man kisses the Soviet Union flag in Simferopol's Lenin Square on Sunday, as more than 96 percent of Crimeans who voted in the region's disputed referendum backed breaking away from Ukraine and joining Russia.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP - Getty Images

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A man kisses the Soviet Union flag in Simferopol's Lenin Square on Sunday. Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to break away from Ukraine and join Russia.

Image: 95 per cent of Crimeans back joining Russia
A man holding a Soviet era red flag salutes in front of the parliament building after the end of the referendum in Simferopol ON March 17.HANNIBAL HANSCHKE / EPA
Image: Pro-Russian people celebrate in Lenin Square, in Simferopol, Ukraine
Pro-Russian people celebrate in Lenin Square, in Simferopol, Ukraine on March 16. Fireworks exploded and Russian flags fluttered above jubilant crowds Sunday after residents in Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.Vadim Ghirda / AP
Image:Simferopol's Lenin Square
A man holds a Soviet Union flag in Simferopol's Lenin Square on March 16.FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP - Getty Images

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