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Pro-Russian and pro-Ukrainian protesters came face-to-face in the Crimean city of Simferapol on Saturday.
Crimea is the only region of Ukraine to feature a Russian-speaking majority. Crimeans will face a stark choice when their region's future is put to a vote on March 16. The referendum will decide whether they should become citizens of Russia or to remain within Ukraine but with enhanced autonomy.
But while Crimea's population is 60 percent Russian, Saturday's rally showed that not everyone is thrilled by the apparent occupation of the strategic peninsula by pro-Moscow forces.