Crimea vote 'Russian military control': Harper

People wave Russian flag as they celebrate the announcement of preliminary results of today's...

People wave Russian flag as they celebrate the announcement of preliminary results of today's referendum at Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014. (VASILY FEDOSENKO/REUTERS)

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:37 PM ET

OTTAWA – With the referendum vote in Crimea showing overwhelming support for joining the Russian Federation, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the outcome reflects “nothing more than Russian military control.”

Reports have between 93% and 95% of votes in favour of Crimea breaking ties with Ukraine in support of rejoining the Russian Federation.

The referendum was called weeks earlier and widely deemed illegal and illegitimate by world leaders, Harper among them. Since the referendum was called, Russian troops have moved into areas surrounding Crimea and have been increasingly hostile toward their Ukrainian counterparts.

Harper has said repeatedly he will not recognize the results of Sunday’s vote and “any solution to this crisis must respect the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine as well as the constitution of Ukraine.”


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