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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.

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Putin to give Crimea address on Tuesday

Vladimir Putin pictured at the Sochi Paralympics closing ceremony on Sunday. Credit: Reuters

Russian president Vladimir Putin will address a joint session of parliament on Crimea on Tuesday, the Kremlin's representative to the lower house said.

But Garry Minkh, the Kremlin's representative in the State Duma, told reporters the president would deliver a speech to the joint session following Sunday's referendum in which Ukraine's Crimea region voted to join Russia.

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