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.