Bangalore, Mar 18: Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to recognise Crimea as a sovereign and independent state, the Kremlin press service said Monday.
"Considering the will of the peoples of Crimea expressed at the all-Crimea referendum on March 16, 2014, I hereby decree that the Republic of Crimea, where the city of Sevastopol has a special status, be recognised as a sovereign and independent state,"he said.
Meanwhile snowfall in US continues to add to the woes of the people there. Snowfall in US has affected normal life.
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