Newscast Media MOSCOW—Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to
recognize Ukraine’s breakaway region of Crimea as an independent state, the Kremlin
press service said on Monday.
Russia also said that it recognizes Sevastopol, a Crimean port that houses the
Russian Black Sea fleet base, a city with a “special autonomous status” within the
Republic of Crimea.
The decree comes into full force immediately after being signed.
Crimea, the autonomous republic within Ukraine, has refused to recognize as
legitimate the new leadership in the country. A referendum held Sunday in the largely
Russian-ethnic autonomous republic saw over 96 percent of voters support
reunification with Russia.
On Tuesday, Putin will address an assembly of both houses of parliament, as well as
heads of regions and representatives of public organizations about Crimea’s
Source: Ria Novosti