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Crimea referendum: Voters 'back Russia union'

16 March 2014 Last updated at 22:33 GMT

Some 95.5% of voters in Crimea have supported joining Russia, officials say. after half the votes have been counted in a disputed referendum.

Crimea's leader says he will apply to join Russia on Monday. Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will respect the Crimean people's wishes.

John Simpson reports.