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Putin Backs Crimean Sovereignty

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as "a sovereign and independent country."Mr. Putin signed the decree Monday, one day after a referendum in Crimea resulted in what Russian officials said was a 97 percent vote for declaring Crimea independent from Ukraine. The decree also just hours after the United States and European Union declared sanctions on Russian officials in response to their support for Crimean separation from...

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