US urges Moscow to reject Sunday's vote in Crimea to join Russia and secede from Ukraine

  • Article by: CASSANDRA VINOGRAD , Associated Press
  • Updated: March 14, 2014 - 11:32 PM

LONDON — The West braced Friday for a vote by the Crimean Peninsula to secede from Ukraine — and likely be annexed by Russia — as the last attempt for diplomacy broke down despite threats of costly international sanctions and other imminent penalties against Moscow for forcibly challenging a pro-European government in Kiev.

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