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Putin confirms Crimea annexation as Ukraine soldier becomes first casualty

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The Polish prime minister, Donald Tusk, warned of major and long-lasting consequences from Putin's actions, which had changed the "borders of states overnight".

"It changes the geopolitical situation in this part of the world," he said. "Before our eyes, the history of this region is changing."

So... Now what?

Make that the G7, via the New York Times:

President Obama and the leaders of the biggest Western economies agreed on Monday to exclude President Vladimir V. Putin from the Group of 8, suspending his government’s 15-year participation in the diplomatic forum and further isolating his country.
In a joint statement after a two-hour, closed-door meeting of the four largest economies in Europe, along with Japan and Canada, the leaders of the seven nations announced that a summit meeting planned for Sochi, Russia, in June will now be held in Brussels — without Russia’s participation.
“This group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia’s actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them,” the statement said. “Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi Summit. We will suspend our participation in the G-8 until Russia changes course.”

Putin gladly traded membership in the G8 for Crimea. Wow.

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