Six days after the referendum Putin has signed the act of annexation of Crimea and added to the territory of the Russian Federation the new administrative region and the port city of Sevastopol. As it was predictable Russia annexed Crimea quickly without too much effective opposition on the part of the international community apart from some bearable sanctions and speeches of condemnation.

Russian flags have been hoisted in the Parliament and the Government buildings seized by armed men in the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea while the Ukrainian interim president warns that any movement of armed Russian troops outside the naval base of Sevastopol would be seen as a military aggression.