Putin presses ahead with Crimea's accession into Russia

President Putin has informed his Parliament of Crimea's application to join Russia, and is understood to be moving forward with the procedure for Crimea's accession into Russia, according to the Kremlin.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

The steps, announced by the Kremlin, came a day after Putin recognised Crimea as an independent state following a referendum in which its voters supported joining Russia. Putin is to address parliament later.

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Vladimir Putin to push ahead with annexation of Crimea

Russian president Vladimir Putin has told his parliament of Crimea's application to join Russia, and is set to be moving forward with annexing Crimea into Russia.