Russia's Putin approves draft bill to annex Crimea

NATALIYA VASILYEVA Associated Press Published:

MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia's President Vladimir Putin has approved a draft bill for Crimea's annexation.

The Black Sea peninsula on Monday voted overwhelming to secede from Ukraine and seek to joint Russia.

The decree signed by Putin and posted on the official government website Tuesday morning is one of the steps which would formalize the annexation of Crimea.