Russia recognizes Crimea’s independence, defying new U.S. and E.U. sanctions

By Karen DeYoung, Griff Witte, March 17, 2014

The international crisis over Ukraine escalated sharply Monday as the United States and Europe imposed sanctions on senior Russian political and military figures, and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin signed a decree recognizing the Ukrainian region of Crimea as an independent state.

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