Putin is defiant as Russia annexes Crimea ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS US Vice President Joe Biden told NATO allies in eastern Europe that the alliance was unwavering in its commitment to protect them from attack. ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/AFP/Getty Images Russia's President Vladimir Putin talked about the incorporation of Crimea. Vadim Ghirda/AP An elderly woman held a calendar depicting former Soviet leader Josef Stalin while watching a broadcast of Russian President Vladimir Putin's speech on Crimea in Sevastopol, Crimea. ALISA BOROVIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images Armed Russian forces arrested Ukrainian army officers during an operation in Simferopol. VALENTYN OGIRENKO/REUTERS Ukrainian armored personnel carriers were seen near Crimea.