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Russia: Crimea independent

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin of Russia signed a decree Monday night formally recognizing Ukraine’s Crimea region as a “sovereign and independent state,” laying the groundwork for possible annexation and defying the United States and Europe just hours after they imposed their first financial sanctions since the crisis began.

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  • Headline: Russia: Crimea independent
  • Publication: Front Section, Pages 1 on 03/18/2014
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