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Full English-language translation of Putin's speech claiming Ukraine's Crimea for Russia

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March 19, 2014, 9:33 a.m. | Ukraine — by Kyiv Post

Russia's President Vladimir Putin addresses a joint session of Russian parliament on Crimea in the Kremlin in Moscow on March 18
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With Crimean Prime Minister Serhiy Aksyonov sitting in the front row, Russian President Vladimir Putin carried through on his threat to annex Ukraine's Crimean peninsula as part of Russia -- a violation of international law that he justified as heeding the will of Crimean voters in a March 16 referendum.

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