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Published: Monday March 17, 2014 MYT 3:45:02 PM
Updated: Monday March 17, 2014 MYT 3:45:59 PM

More than 96 percent of Crimeans voted to join Russia - official

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A complete, preliminary ballot count showed that 96.77 of voters in Ukraine's Crimea region have voted to join Russia, the chairman of the regional government commission overseeing the referendum said on Monday.

Mikhail Malyshev spoke in remarks shown on Russian state television following Sunday's referendum.

(Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy heritage)

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