Mar 17, 2014 2:48 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS
KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognizing Crimea as a "sovereign and independent country."
The Kremlin said Putin signed the decree on Monday, the day after the Black Sea peninsula voted to declare independence from Ukraine and seek annexation by Russia.
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