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A Ukrainian airman carries belongings as he leaves the Belbek air base, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, March 21, 2014. The base commander Col. Yuliy Mamchur said he was asked by the Russian military to turn over the base but is unwilling to do so until he receives orders from the Ukrainian defense ministry.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A Ukrainian airman carries belongings as he leaves the Belbek air base, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, March 21, 2014. The base commander Col. Yuliy Mamchur said he was asked by the Russian military to turn over the base but is unwilling to do so until he receives orders from the Ukrainian defense ministry.(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Ukrainian airmen place sand bags around an anti-aircraft gun at the Belbek air base, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, March 21, 2014. The base commander Col. Yuliy Mamchur said he was asked by the Russian military to turn over the base but is unwilling to do so until he receives orders from the Ukrainian defense ministry. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Ukrainian airmen carry a washing machine while removing their belongings from the Belbek air base, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, March 21, 2014. The base commander Col. Yuliy Mamchur said he was asked by the Russian military to turn over the base but is unwilling to do so until he receives orders from the Ukrainian defense ministry. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A Ukrainian airman carries a TV set as he leaves the Belbek air base, outside Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, March 21, 2014. The base commander Col. Yuliy Mamchur said he was asked by the Russian military to turn over the base but is unwilling to do so until he receives orders from the Ukrainian defense ministry. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Ukrainian border guards perform an exercise in anti-air attack during training at a military camp in the village of Alekseyevka on the Ukrainian-Russian border, eastern Ukraine, Friday, March 21, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a resolution approved by parliament to annex Crimea. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

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BRUSSELS (AP) — Two signatures Friday on opposite sides of Europe deepened the divide between East and West, as the European Union pulled Ukraine closer into its orbit and Russia formally annexed Crimea.

In this “new post-Cold War order,” as the Ukrainian prime minister called it, besieged Ukrainian troops on the Crimean Peninsula grappled with an existential choice: leave, join the Russian military or demobilize. Ukraine was working on evacuating its outnumbered troops in Crimea, but some said they were still awaiting orders.

The chief of the U.N. came to Kiev and urged all sides to keep their tempers down.

Many eyes were on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next move, as they have been ever since pro-Western protests drove out Ukraine’s president a month ago, angering Russia and plunging Europe into its worst crisis in a generation.

Putin sounded a conciliatory note Friday, almost joking about U.S. and EU sanctions squeezing his inner circle and saying he saw no reason to retaliate — but his government maintained warnings of further action.

Russia’s troubled economic outlook may drive its decisions as much as any outside military threat. Stocks sank further Friday and a possible new downgrade loomed. Visa and MasterCard stopped serving two Russian banks and Russia conceded it may scrap plans to tap international markets for money this year.

Despite those clouds, Putin framed Friday’s events in victorious colors, ordering fireworks in Moscow and Crimea reminiscent of the fireworks displays when Soviet troops drove the Nazis from occupied cities in World War II.

At the Kremlin, Putin hailed the incorporation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea into Russia as a “remarkable event,” then finalized it by signing parliament bills into law.

At nearly the same time in a ceremony in Brussels, EU leaders sought to pull the rest of Ukraine westward by signing a political association agreement. This is a highly symbolic piece of paper — part of the very same EU deal that touched off Ukraine’s political crisis when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected it in November, igniting months of protests that eventually drove him from power.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said this deal, and further sanctions against Russia, are necessary to ensure peace.

“Russia decided to actually impose a new post-Cold War order and revise the results of the Second World War,” Yatsenyuk said in Brussels. “The best way to contain Russia is to impose real economic leverage over them.”

Russia’s foreign minister dismissed the EU pact, saying the current Ukrainian leadership lacks popular support and should have held elections before making such a decision.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, visiting Ukraine’s capital, urged talks between Kiev and Moscow.

“At times like this, it is vital that all parties refrain from any provocative actions that could exacerbate an already very tense and very volatile situation,” he said.

The EU hit 12 more people with sanctions Friday for Russia’s annexation of Crimea, bringing its list of those facing visa bans and asset freezes to 33. They include one of Russia’s deputy prime ministers, a Putin adviser and the speaker of Russia’s upper house of parliament, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

Still, the EU names fell short of the high-powered U.S. list, in an apparent reflection of European wariness of going as far as Washington to punish Russia — Europe’s neighbor, energy supplier and trade partner.

President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered a second round of sanctions against 20 members of Putin’s inner circle and a major bank supporting them.

Moscow retaliated by banning nine U.S. officials and lawmakers from entering Russia.

The latest U.S. sanctions, which targeted Putin’s chief of staff along with other senior Kremlin aides and four businessmen considered to be his lifelong friends, dealt a painful blow to Russia. Obama also warned that more sweeping penalties against Russia’s economy could follow.

Annexing Crimea “is a flagrant breach of international law and something we will not recognize. This behavior belongs to the Europe of

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