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Tensions grow in Crimea

Diplomatic talks are continuing as the standoff between Russian and Ukrainian continues in Crimea. World leaders are pushing for a solution to the crisis, with Crimean citizens due to vote in a referendum to decide whether the region will stay with the Ukraine or become part of the Russian federation.

Tensions grow in Crimea
Pro-Russian supporters attend a rally in support of the unification of Crimea with Russia on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on March 16, on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Supporters of Ukraine attend a rally in support of the Keeping Crimea a part of the Ukraine on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Supporters of Ukraine attend a rally in support of the Keeping Crimea a part of the Ukraine on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Pro Russian supporters carry a flag through the streets as they attend a rally in support of the unification of Crimea with Russia on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Pro Russian supporters attend a rally in support of the unification of Crimea with Russia on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Pro Russian supporters drive through the streets after a rally in support of the unification of Crimea with Russia on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Supporters of Ukraine attend a rally in support of the Keeping Crimea a part of the Ukraine on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Members of an Orthodox church participate in a prayer vigil outside of a Russian military checkpoint near a Ukrainian Air-force base that has been seized by the Russians on March 7, 2014 in Belbek, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
People, including a woman waving Crimean flags, attend an outdoor performance of Russian Crimean folk music on March 7, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. The Crimean Parliament voted yesterday to hold a referendum on March 16 to determine whether Crimea shall secede from Ukraine and join Russia. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Pro Russian supporters attend a rally in support of the unification of Crimea with Russia on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)
Tensions grow in Crimea
Pro Russian supporters attend a rally in support of the unification of Crimea with Russia on March 9, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. As the standoff between the Russian military and Ukrainian forces continues in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, world leaders are pushing for a diplomatic solution to the escalating situation. Crimean citizens will vote in a referendum on 16 March on whether to become part of the Russian federation. (Getty Images)