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Billboards go up in Crimean capital to advertise independence referendum

In the Crimean capital Sevastopol workers are busy. They're putting up billboards for a big referendum on March 16. Residents of this mostly Russian-speaking region in eastern Ukraine have two choices. Do they become sovereign, but maintain ties with Ukraine's new Western-allied government in the capital Kiev? Or do they secede altogether, and join Russia, which gave Crimea to Ukraine in the 1950's? (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SEVASTOPOL RESIDENT, IVAN KOMILOV, SAYING: "This is the reaction of Sevastopol people to the armed coup which took place in Ukraine recently. And those fascist forces who rule in Kiev." The Pro-Russian billboards are easy to spot and not subtle. They compare the government in Kiev to Nazis. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SEVASTOPOL RESIDENT, TATIANA VALINTENKO, SAYING: "I can only be in favor of billboards telling us that fascism should not enter here. We see what is happening in Kiev." But not everyone wants Ukr

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