Crimea annexation announced
|Date||2014/03/18 12:00:00 AM - Present|
|Description||Vladimir Putin announces the incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation following the referendum 2 days earlier|
The most extraordinary thing about the (re)-incorporation of Crimea as part of Russia is that it was accomplished without a single shot being filed or a single fatality.
This from a report in The Guardian:
Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of Crimea on Tuesday, denouncing western hypocrisy in a searing speech to political elites in Moscow that is likely to go down as one of the defining moments of his long rule over Russia.
In an hour-long speech in the Kremlin, shot through with angry rhetoric, the Russian president said western politicians "call something white today and black tomorrow" and aired a long list of foreign policy grievances going back to 2000, saying "we were cheated again and again, with decisions being taken behind our back".
Putin ridiculed the idea that events in Crimea amounted to Russian aggression and said there had been no shots fired and no casualties during recent weeks. 
- Mass celebrations in Crimea refute Western charges of annexation – Lavrov - RT 21 March 2014
- Annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation - Wikipedia page
- Term 'annexation' cannot be applied to Crimea’s reunification with Russia — Lavrov - ITAR-TASS 21 March 2014
- Putin confirms Crimea annexation as Ukraine soldier becomes first casualty - The Guardian 19 March 2014