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As Crimean Referendum Nears, Coats Calls for Consequences

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On Sunday, citizens in Crimea will vote on a referendum to decide whether or not to secede from Ukraine.

The interim government in Ukraine -- and much of the West -- says the referendum is illegal and it won’t recognize the result.

All this comes amid growing concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s influence in the region. Russia has been raising its military profile near Ukraine in recent weeks.

This week, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution condemning Putin’s actions and calling for consequences unless Putin relents.

The bipartisan resolution was co-authored by Indiana Senator Dan Coats, who talked to WBOI’s Sean Bueter earlier today.