|World Briefs: March 12, 2014|
|News - St Augustine Area & St Johns County|
Ukraineís Crimea seeks to become independent state
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine ó As the campaign increased for tension-filled Crimea to split off from Ukraine in a weekend referendum and join Russia, the regionís parliament said Tuesday that if voters approve the move it would first declare itself an independent state, a maneuver that could de-escalate the standoff between Moscow and the West.
The move would give Moscow the option of saying there is no need for Crimea to become part of Russia while keeping it firmly within its sphere of influence.
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