"Clearly he has set the table to his advantage in any negotiation going forward," he said.
“This is a Soviet-style election. We know what the end is going to be,” Durbin said.
“This sham referendum isn’t fooling anyone,” he said.
King said the pilot and the co-pilot “should have been the focus from the start.”
“Putin only understands strength,” Sen. Robert Menendez said.
"We used to call it plebiscite in the days of Hitler and Stalin," he said
The missiles reportedly traveled about 43 miles before crashing into the sea.
Twenty-five countries are now involved in the search as speculation turns to pilots.
Ukrainian foreign ministry alleged 80 Russian forces invaded a village just north of Crimea.
Russia vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution against Sunday's referendum in Crimea.