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Monday, March 17, 2014

Putin recognizes Crimean independence

A man holds a Russian flag as he stands in front of the Crimea's parliament in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, on Monday., More than 95 per cent of Crimeans who had taken part in the referendum voted for reunification of Crimea with Russia. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin is to address the Russian Federal Assembly on the Crimea's and the city of Sevastopol's requests to be admitted into Russia.