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Putin Backs Agreement to Bring Crimea into Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved a draft agreement to make Ukraine's Crimea region part of Russia, in a move likely to further escalate tensions with Ukraine and the West. Putin also formally informed his government and the Russian parliament Tuesday of Crimea's request to join Russia. The news of Putin's steps to incorporate Crimea come a day after he signed a decree recognizing the Crimea as "a sovereign and independent country." Putin signed the...

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