Russian protesters have rallied in solidarity with the people of Ukraine’s embattled Crimea region.
The rally is underway in Moscow. The demonstrators say the Crimean people should be allowed to decide their own future. Residents of the Black Sea Peninsula will go to the polls on March 16th to decide whether to join Russia or remain part of Ukraine. The United States and the European Union have already rejected the upcoming referendum as illegitimate. Meanwhile, Speaker of the Crimean legislature Vladimir Konstantinov says opinion polls indicate that more than 80 percent of Crimean people favor joining Russia. Moscow has become embroiled in a standoff with the United States and its allies over the unfolding political crisis in Ukraine.