In yesterday's referendum, more than 95% of Crimean voters elected leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia. We look at the options available to Ukraine, the US, Western Europe — and, most importantly, Vladimir Putin. Also, gay and lesbian groups have been excluded from St Patrick's Day parades in New York and Boston, so the mayors of both cities refused to march. The Guinness and Sam Adams breweries withdrew their sponsorships.
Banner image: A man waves the Russian flag as the preliminary results of today's referendum are announced on Lenin Square in the Crimean capital of Simferopol March 16, 2014. Photo: Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters