Putin formally annexes Crimea as Ukraine, Europe sign deal

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European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, right, looks at his papers as, from second right, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Finnish Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico applaud during a signing ceremony at an EU summit in Brussels on Friday, March 21, 2014. Ukraine’s prime minister has pulled his nation closer into Europe’s orbit, signing a political association agreement with the EU at a summit of the bloc’s leaders. Friday’s agreement between Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the EU leaders was part of the pact that former President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of last November in favor of a $15 billion bailout from Russia. That decision sparked the protests that ultimately led to his downfall and flight last month, setting off one of Europe’s worst political crises since the Cold War. (AP Photo/Olivier Hoslet, Pool)