Vladimir Putin

Putin Informs Parliament of Crimea's Request to Join Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made a formal legislative step toward annexing Crimea.

Putin has informed Russia's Parliament that Ukraine's autonomous region of Crimea, which approved with a 97% majority to secede from the country on a referendum held on Sunday, wishes to be incorporated into the Russian Federation, the BBC reports.

Ukraine Accuses Russia of Full-Scale Invasion Threat

Ukraine's officials accused Russia of conducting a large military build-up near the country's border that raises the threat of an invasion.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Andriy Parubiy warned that he has "every reason to believe" that Russian forces along Ukraine's southern and eastern borders will invade, KyivPost reports.