Pro-Russian activists follow special U.N. envoy Robert Serry in front of the airport in Simferopol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 5, 2014. The special U.N. envoy visiting Crimea was threatened by 10 to 15 armed men on Wednesday and ordered to leave the region, where Ukraine and Russia are locked in a tense standoff. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (Credit: AP)
(AP) Lawmakers in Crimea declared their intention Thursday to split from Ukraine and join Russia instead, and scheduled a referendum in 10 days for voters to decide the fate of the disputed peninsula.
Russian lawmakers, clearly savoring the action, said that if Crimea votes to become part of Russia, they plan to vote on legislation that would speed up the procedure of making that happen.
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