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www.wmfd.com - Sevastopol is a city with close historical and cultural ties to Russia, as well as the home of Russia's Black Sea fleet, and Sunday, thousands turned out to vote in Crimea's referendum, so CNN's Anna Coren speaks to many voters who are overwhelmingly supportive of Crimea's bid to join Russia. }}" />

   
 
 
Crimea Returning To The Motherland

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  Original Published: 3/17/2014

Sevastopol is a city with close historical and cultural ties to Russia, as well as the home of Russia's Black Sea fleet. Sunday, thousands turned out to vote in Crimea's referendum. CNN's Anna Coren speaks to many voters who are overwhelmingly supportive of Crimea's bid to join Russia. Here in Sevastopol on the southern tip of the Crimiea Peninsular, overwhelming support for the territory to re-join the Russian Federation, as thousands turned out here to vote in the referendum. This is a city with extremely close historical and cultural ties to the "motherland," it's also the HQ for Russia's Black Sea fleet and the majority of the people are Russian speaking. Many described the day as "historic" and the first opportunity in decades for the citizens of Crimea to decide their future. "I have tears in my eyes. I want to cry," says one woman. "This is such an emotional day. I voted for Russia. We're finally going home." "This is a celebration because Russia is spiritually very close to us," says one man. "It's the motherland and it's where we always belonged." "We want Putin to be our president," says another woman. "We respect him and his policies. He will protect us - we know life will be better under Russia." While the international community has declared the referendum illegal and vowed to punish with economic sanctions, the voters of Sevastopol says the result of the referendum is the "will of people" and the west should simply butt out.

   
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