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Via CNN: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/03/16/world/europe/ukraine-crisis/index.html

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Kiev, Ukraine (CNN) -- Polls opened Sunday morning in a referendum on the peninsula of Crimea, in which voters are to voice their wish to either join Russia or become an effectively independent state connected to Ukraine.

The vote will have a strong determination on its future and a strong influence on the future of international relations in the region and beyond.

Results are expected on Monday.

Kicking off the polling in a pre-recorded statement, Crimean Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov called on the residents of Crimea to cast their vote "independent of nationalism and disintegration."

Aksyonov acknowledged that the "eyes of the entire world are on us today." He asked Crimeans to show their aspiration to "live free in the world with friendly relations with all."

In the city of Simferopol, voters filed into a polling place, picked up white and yellow ballots and headed to private booths to fill them out before dropping them through the slits of clear ballot boxes.

In another polling station, the vast majority of ballots appearing in the boxes were marked in favor of joining Russia.

A whopping 80% of voters turning out at a polling station in Bakhchysaray were not on the electoral roll, the registrar told CNN.

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