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Kremlin says Crimea now part of Russia Updated: 2014-03-19 19:56:59 KST

In Moscow. the crowds chanted "Russia, "Russia"
and in Crimea cheers and applause filled the streets
after Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a treaty on Tuesday in front of parliament to make Crimea part of Russia.

"It is such a momentous day today. We want to say that we are very proud of our president, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin"

Putin says Russia must now act as Ukraine's new government
and in front of crowds late Tuesday in Moscow's Red Square he said Crimea has finally returned to its "home port" to Russia.

"We have done a lot together, but we will do much more. We will need to solve many tasks, but I know, I'm confident that we will overcome everything, resolve everything because we are together. Glory to Russia "

A different scene in Ukraine's capital, Kiev-- residents there are angry over Putin's latest actions.

"I want him [Vladimir Putin] to stop mocking our people. I want him to stay in Russia and govern the Russians and not touch our people, and not torture Ukraine."

Tensions heightened into violence Tuesday when masked gunmen killed two
Ukrainian troops and injured at least two others.
The Ukrainian military has now been ordered to use their weapons "to protect and preserve the life" of Ukrainian soldiers.

Meanwhile Western leaders, including those in the U.S. and Germany have condemned Putin's actions

"We would not recognize this attempted annexation."

but the Russian president is not showing any signs of backing down.
Connie Lee, Arirang News.
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