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Ukraine Update: Separatist Crimea's Future

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Crimea is closer to being part of Russia after President Vladamir Putin signed a controversial agreement in Moscow. 
 
 
Cheers erupted in Russia's Parliament as President Vladimir Putin welcomed what he called the "reunification" of Crimea with Russia.


Vladimir Putin, Russian President says, "CRIMEA HAS ALWAYS BEEN AND REMAINS AN INSEPERABLE PART OF RUSSIA."
As Putin signed a decree calling for the Ukrainian peninsula to be Russian territory, U-S Vice President Joe Biden condemned the action during meetings with NATO allies in Poland.

Joe Biden, U.S. Vice President says, RUSSIA HAS OFFERED A VARIETY OF ARGUMENTS TO JUSTIFY WHAT IS NOTHING MORE THAN A LAND GRAB.
Ukraine's new Prime Minister says the conflict in Crimea has escalated from a political to military crisis.
A military spokesman says an attack on a military base in Crimea Tuesday killed a Ukranian soldier.
The United States slapped sanctions on Russian and Crimean leaders after a vote to split from Ukraine.
Putin says he had to intervene in Crimea, to stop what he called a Western plot.

Vladimir Putin, Russian President says, "FREEDOM IS ABOVE ALL FOR AMERICANS, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FREE WILL OF CRIMEANS?, "he asked.
Vice President Biden says the world sees right through Russia's actions and is threatening more sanctions.
Putin says more sanctions will be seen as an act of aggression and is promising Moscow will retaliate.
 
President Obama has said the door to diplomacy is still open to Russia.
He invited G7 leaders to a meeting in Europe next week to discuss further action on Ukraine.