WWMT - wwmt.com - Search Results The following is an archived video story. The text content of that video story is available below for reference. The original video has been deleted and is no longer available. Russian Parliament votes to cement annexation of CrimeaRUSSIA (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Friday morning, Russia's upper parliament voted to cement the annexation of Crimea.The unanimous vote incorporates Crimea after Sunday's referendum in which residents of the Black Sea peninsula overwhelmingly backed breaking off from Ukraine and joining Russia.In response the European Union is joining the U.S. in slapping sanctions on more people with ties to Russia's intervention in Ukraine.The E.U. added 12 more people to the list of those facing travel bans and asset freezes.All are believed to have close associations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.Meantime, President Obama ordered sanctions Thursday against a Russian bank and nearly two dozen people in Putin's inner circle.Putin says this is no need for Russia to further retaliate against those U.S. sanctions.