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Facts only: Kosovo vs Crimea - 'Good Independence' vs 'Bad Referendum'

Published time: March 21, 2014 20:45
Edited time: March 23, 2014 13:37
(L) Thousands of people celebrate with Kosovo and Albanian flags in Pristina on February 17, 2009.  (R)  Sevastopol residents at a celebratory show held after the referendum on Crimea's status. (AFP Photo/RIA Novosti)

(L) Thousands of people celebrate with Kosovo and Albanian flags in Pristina on February 17, 2009. (R) Sevastopol residents at a celebratory show held after the referendum on Crimea's status. (AFP Photo/RIA Novosti)

The West has so far refused to legitimize Crimea’s decision to secede from Ukraine. Yet Kosovo, which was a part of Serbia, also broke away from its parent country, but has been recognized by the US and most of the EU.

But what makes one breakaway more justifiable than another, in the eyes of the world community?

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