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SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- With just two days until Ukrainians in Crimea vote on whether to separate from Ukraine and join Russia, anti-referendum protesters and Russia supporters alike were out in force around the region's capital.

Demonstrators stuck to the outskirts of Simferopol, which is largely favorable to Russia.

Anti-Russia protesters, such as students and university professors, are anxious about voicing their opinion.

But that didn't stop some colorful street art.

However, the atmosphere was decidedly pro-Russia downtown, where supporters set up tents and there was an air of excitement ahead of Sunday's vote.

- James Novogrod and Richard Engel, NBC News