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Crimea: The tension is rising

Almost half-way in completing the ballot counting if and when Crimea region would be a part of Russia? Perevalnoye, Ukraine has counted about 50% of the ballots, and it appears that 95% of electoral are in favor to join Russia, according to Crimean Electroral Commission head Mikhail Malyshev.

Is Russia interested on Crimea's natural resources?
Is Russia interested on Crimea's natural resources?
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... people of Crimea went to the poll to vote either that country will remain under Ukraine or Russia?
Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images

80% of voters cast their ballots by the time polls closed at 8 p.m. local time (2 p.m. ET) Sunday, as announced by Malyshev.

The United States expects the Black Sea peninsula’s majority ethnic Russian population to vote in favor of joining Russia. Moscow has strongly backed the referendum. The White House released a statement that said the vote was “administered under threats of violence and intimidation from a Russian military intervention that violates international law.”

Since the end of Cold War, these two nations (the United States and Russia) are in collision with regard to the outcome of this referendum. John Kerry totally condemned this an unlawful act of Russia’s government to intervene to Ukraine’s business.

EU is also supporting the United States that this is an illegal act of Russia.

Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov encourages its citizen to go out and vote “independent of nationalism and disintegration.”

Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov: acknowledge that the “eyes of the entire world are on us today” and asked Crimeans to show their aspiration to “live free in the world with friendly relation with all.”

Let’s hope that Russia would come to their senses that military force is not the answer to invade Crimea.