Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved the application of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Crimea and Sevastopol, reads a statement on the Kremlin's website.

Putin signed the federal law "On Application of the Provisions of the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of the Russian Federation on the Territory of the Republic of Crimea and the Sevastopol City of Federal Significance” on Monday, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

According to the statement, this law is aimed at resolving certain issues regarding integration of the Crimean and the city of Sevastopol into Russia's legal system in terms of determination of the procedures for applying the criminal and the criminal procedure legislation of Russia.

"The federal law stipulates that crimes and punishable acts committed on the territory of the Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol city until March 18, 2014, as well as other criminal consequences of these acts are to be determined in accordance with the provisions of the criminal laws of the Russian Federation," the statement said.

It is also stated that the use of evidence obtained before March 18 in accordance with the legislation on criminal procedures in force on the territories of the Crimea and Sevastopol in Russian criminal proceedings is permitted under this law.

Moreover, it is stated that this law includes provisions that recognize decisions made by Crimean and Sevastopol courts before this date and provide for bringing the types of criminal prosecution and jurisdiction in accordance with the Russian Criminal Procedure Code.