Media playback is unsupported on your device

Mixed reactions to Putin's speech in Crimea and Ukraine

18 March 2014 Last updated at 20:05 GMT

Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of Crimea signed a bill to absorb the peninsula into Russia.

Mr Putin told Russia's parliament that Crimea had "always been part of Russia" and in signing the treaty he was righting an "historical injustice".

The BBC's Mark Lowen reports from Lenin Square in the Crimean city of Simferopol where there have been celebrations.

Meanwhile in Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine, Chris Morris says that "people won't be in a mood to take a history lesson here".

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.