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Published: Monday March 17, 2014 MYT 8:25:02 PM
Updated: Monday March 17, 2014 MYT 8:26:04 PM

Crimea nationalises energy companies - report

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The parliament of Ukraine's Crimea voted on Monday to nationalise energy companies Chornomornaftohaz and Ukrtransgaz, according to a statement on the parliament's website.

Last week, a Crimean official said that the local authorities may sell the energy firm Chornomornaftohaz to a Russian company "such as Gazprom" once the region takes control of it.

A Moscow-backed referendum in Crimea on Sunday showed overwhelming support for joining the Russian Federation.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Lidia Kelly)

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