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    EU and US put sanctions on Russia over Crimea

    Al Jazeera English

    by Al Jazeera English

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree recognising Crimea as an independent state.

    The move comes just a day after the region voted to breakaway from Ukraine and join Russia.

    The U-S and the EU have imposed sanctions on more than a dozen people they blame for the breakaway vote in Crimea.

    Al Jazeera's Patty Culhane has more from Washington DC.