Russia Annexes Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addresses the Federal Assembly, including State Duma deputies, members of the Federation Council, regional governors and civil society representatives, at the Kremlin in Moscow March 18, 2014. Putin said on Tuesday Crimea would have three equal languages; Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3HJXC

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    Vladimir Putin put pen to paper on Tuesday, signing a treaty to add Crimea to the Russian map, and declaring before the Russian parliament that Moscow is undeterred in its plan to annex Crimea, despite the backlash from the West. “Crimea has always been an integral part of Russia in the hearts and minds of people,” he said in a speech at the Grand Kremlin Palace. Putin's treaty still must be ratified by Russia's Constitutional Court and both houses of parliament, but it could be complete by the end of this week.

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