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Ukraine Tensions Flare as Pro-Russians, Crimea Tatars Clash

Tensions flared in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea as demonstrators pushing for a referendum on joining Russia clashed with members of the Tatar ethnic minority.

Several thousand flag-waving protesters from both sides faced off today outside of the local parliament building in Simferopol, the regional capital. Lawmakers canceled an emergency session that had been called to discuss whether to support the plebiscite, which assembly spokeswoman Lyudmila Mokhova said would have been symbolic, rather than binding.