Today, Russian President, Vladimir Putin, signed the final documents completing the annexation of Crimea. Russia still has their military active in Crimea, which has been condemned by Ukraine’s interim government, the European Union, and the United States. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk was signing a trade pact with the European Union.
The signing of this trade pact is significant because it is the trade pact that previous Ukranian President Yanukovych declined signing to obtain close ties with Russia. This is the move that lead to the start of the protests that started this unfortunate series of events. These events all occurred one day after President Obama signed executive orders and sanctions against Russian officials. Russia responded with their own sanctions of certain U.S. officials to retaliate.
It should be an interesting conflict to watch as Russia says it’s annexation of Crimea is legitimate. Ukraine, on the other hand, says that they will never stop fighting for Crimea. Lastly, they’re backed by the European Union and the United States. We’ll see how this one turns out…
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