Putin Signs Treaty with Crimean Leaders
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a treaty to absorb Crimea and the city of Sevastopol into the Russian Federation. Britain Suspends Military Co-op with Russia; Crimeans Celebrate Signing of Accession Treaty with Russia; Ukraine Rejects; SPECIAL
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Backgrounder

The Ukraine crisis, which originated from protests against ousted President Viktor Yanukovych's decision last November to abandon an association agreement with the European Union for Russian aid, took an abrupt turn in the past two weeks following bloody clashes between protesters and police.

The Autonomous Republic of Crimea, an autonomous republic in the southeastern region of Ukraine, became the epicenter of an ongoing tension in the east European country.

The Crimean parliament adopted a declaration of independence from Ukraine, which specifies that Crimea would become independent if around 2 million residents vote in favor of joining Russia in the upcoming referendum on March 16.

However, the legality of the referendum is challenged by the Ukrainian Constitutional Court, which declared the referendum unconstitutional.

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