Crimeans vote to leave Ukraine, join Russia

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  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    March 17, 2014 9:56 a.m.

    We can't know for sure how the population would have voted under tranquil circumstance. But it should be obvious to Mr. Putin that the world won't give any credence to an election held under the specter of a Russian troops presence in Crimea.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    March 17, 2014 8:46 a.m.

    Look at the corruption in our leaders. Anyone think our voting system honest?

    A national debt equaling $100,000 for every second of six years, with a high percentage of poverty is evidence that our house needs to be cleaned.

    Forget Ukraine.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    March 17, 2014 7:35 a.m.

    Ceylonmormon - The Crimea has not "always been part of Russia."

    The Budapest Memorandum, signed by Russia in 1994 recognized the Crimea to be part the Ukraine, and Russia promised to respect Ukranian borders and national sovereignty.

    But obviously Russia lied AGAIN.

    That's a big habit with Russia, isn't it?

    You just can't trust Russsians.

    I wonder why Russia lies so much. No national integrity?

  • Itsjstmeagain Merritt Island, Fl
    March 17, 2014 6:20 a.m.

    One article I've read said there was no real choices on the ballot. Just what did he ballot offer?
    Will this now have other former Soviet bloc countries expelling the Russian speaking people who live there?

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    March 17, 2014 6:19 a.m.

    Good, the people have spoken. Will Nanny Sam honor them and stay out of this?

  • Forrest Natchitoches, LA
    March 17, 2014 12:20 a.m.

    Why do the articles on the Crimea secession vote not mention the fact that there was no place on the secession ballot that someone could vote "No"? Don't you think this is an important point, media?

  • ceylonmormon CALDWELL, ID
    March 16, 2014 6:28 p.m.

    I do not agree wit Clarissa. Crimea always (always will) used to be part of Russia. A Russian naval presence in Crimea dates to 1783 when the port city of Sevastopol was founded by Russian Prince Grigory Potemkin. Crimea was part of Russia until Nikita Khruschev gave it to Ukraine in 1954. CRIMEA ALWAYS WILL BE PART OF RUSSIA. Western countries are playing some Geo-political game for their benefit.

    In regard to Poland, Poland's success is not EU. But because of peoples' resilience in trouble times and want to improve. With much of Europe still struggling to recover from the impact of the 2008 financial crisis, Poland stands out as an unlikely island of economic success, a place where companies and individuals plan for growth rather than decline.

    In 2009, when the gross domestic product of the European Union contracted by 4.5 percent, Poland was the only country in the union to see its economy grow, by 1.6 percent.

  • Clarissa Layton, UT
    March 16, 2014 5:49 p.m.

    Bad decision by the Crimeans. Russia is not doing well economically. Places like Poland, who have become part of the EU, are making a lot of progress with their economy. Ukraine wants to become part of this success story. By going with Russia, they are in my opinion, going back in history to the Soviet Union.