A young boy waves a Russian flag as people look at fireworks in the Crimean city of Simferopol (21 March 2014)
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Putin signs Crimea annexation law

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law formalising Russia's takeover of Crimea from Ukraine, despite fresh sanctions from the EU and the US.

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law formalising Russia's takeover of Crimea from Ukraine, despite fresh sanctions from the EU and the US.

The European Union's latest measures target 12 people involved in Russia's annexation of the peninsula.

Earlier on Friday Ukraine and the EU signed an accord forging closer political ties.

Gavin Hewitt reports.

  • 21 Mar
  • From the section Europe