As it happened: Ukraine crisis

Key points

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin signs parliament-approved bills completing procedure to absorb Crimea into Russia
  • European Union leaders sign the political section of an association agreement with Ukraine
  • The EU and US announce more targeted sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian officials
  • Mr Putin says Russia would not take any immediate reciprocal action
  • Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Ukraine should pay back $11bn in gas discounts
  • A disputed referendum in Crimea on Sunday appeared to back the peninsula joining Russia. All times GMT

Live text


  • Sarah Fowler 
  • Suzanne Leigh 
  • Mike Hills 
  • Yaroslav Lukov 
  • Richard Irvine-Brown 

Last updated 21 March 2014

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