Russian President Putin, Crimea’s PM Aksyonov, Crimean parliamentary speaker Konstantinov and Sevastopol Mayor Chaliy shake hands after a signing ceremony in Moscow


Russian President Vladimir Putin (2nd R), Crimea’s Prime Minister Sergei Aksyonov (front L), Crimean parliamentary speaker Vladimir Konstantinov (back L) and Sevastopol Mayor Alexei Chaliy shake hands after a signing ceremony at the Kremlin in Moscow March 18, 2014. Putin and two Crimean leaders signed a treaty on Tuesday on making the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula a part of Russia. The signing in the Kremlin came two days after Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to secede from Ukraine and join Russia in a referendum condemned by the Ukrainian government, the United States and the European Union as illegitimate. REUTERS/Sergei Ilnitsky/Pool (RUSSIA – Tags: POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)