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Crimea crisis: Russian President Vladimir Putin gives address

The Russian parliament meets in special session to hear an address from President Putin, who has approved a draft bill to annex Crimea.

It comes after a referendum in Crimea on Sunday in which officials say 97% of voters backed splitting from Ukraine.

The EU and US have declared the vote illegal and imposed sanctions.

  • 18 Mar 2014
  • From the section Europe