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Following Yanukovych's departure, Russian troops reportedly entered the Crimean peninsula, where many ethnic Russians live. Soon, Putin allies in the region called for a vote on whether Crimea should leave Ukraine and join Russia. Ahead of the referendum, demonstrators came out in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, as well as in Moscow, the Russian capital, to protest Russia's intervention in Crimea. Ahead of Sunday's vote, the EU and US also condemned it and called it illegitimate.

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