Russian President Putin has been in the process of tightening Russia's hold over Crimea.The Moscow Times reported on March 19, 2014 that on Wednesday Russia consolidated control over Crimea as its troops stormed Ukraine's naval headquarters in Sevastopol. Ukrainian troops are withdrawing from the peninsula to avoid bloodshed in response to Russia's increasing control over Crimea.
There were no casualties reported during the takeover of the Sevastopol headquarters on Wednesday. However, there have been fears of a potential military conflict after a Ukrainian serviceman was killed and another was injured during the seizure of a Ukrainian naval facility in Crimea by Russian troops late on Tuesday.
The Voice of Russia has reported that just after an address by Putin to the Russian Parliament Russia and Crimea signed a treaty of accession of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to the Russian Federation. Putin says Crimea and Sevastopol are joining Russia as two separate regions. Following the signing of the treaty the Kremlin said that it now considers Crimea to be part of Russia. Putin and Russia are creating a new map for Russia as history is being rewritten for Crimea at this moment.