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2 years ago an overwhelming majority of Crimeans voted in favor of reuniting with Russia. The Crimean peninsula refused to recognize the new government in Kiev, which came to power on February 21, 2014. The majority Russian autonomous republic feared the coup-imposed Ukrainian leadership wouldn’t represent their interests and respect their rights. Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the peninsula, voted for independence from Ukraine and rejoining Russia in a referendum on March 16, 2014. The decision was supported by roughly 97 percent of voters with an 83 percent turnout. However, the US and allies its allies refused to recognize the referendum and slapped Moscow with sanctions, which are still in force. (more)