This just in . . .


Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and the speakers of the country’s upper and lower houses of Parliament signed a deal today that formally annexes Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Russia’s upper house of Parliament unanimously approved the ratification of the treaty today, a day after the lower house, the State Duma, overwhelmingly passed it.

Russia’s moves to annex Crimea, following a contested weekend referendum in the Black Sea peninsula, have turned a confrontation with Europe and the United States into the biggest crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War.

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