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This was Obama's - and also Hillary's - grand "reset" strategy toward Russia. Kiss their communist butts, essentially, and just hope they like us again. Nevermind those countries who were disenfranchised by all their smooching.
The BBC's James Reynolds reports from government buildings in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine,
Ukraine's interim prime minister has warned the Crimean parliament "no-one in the civilised world" will recognise its referendum on joining Russia.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk and others in the Kiev government have called the vote "unconstitutional" and "illegitimate".
But the referendum has the support of the Russian parliament.
The speaker of the upper house said if the Crimean people vote on 16 March to join Russia then they would "unquestionably back this choice".
The decision by Crimean MPs to seek to join the Russian Federation comes amid international tensions over the presence of pro-Russian troops in the southern Ukrainian peninsula.
A lot of Russians I have spoken to here in Crimea over the last week say they do not actually want to become part of Russia.
They say they want broader autonomy and protection of their rights, but they want to stay within Ukraine and do not want to change nationality.
There are those of course who say they would like to unite with Russia. But there is a lot of support for developing the notion of greater autonomy within Ukraine.
Certainly, the ethnic Ukrainians and the Tatars will reject it in the 16 March referendum or boycott the vote.
I think the Crimean government may have a big fight on its hands persuading citizens to endorse joining Russia.