Under New Management: Rebranding Underway at Crimean Parliament

Image: Crimea Recognised As Sovereign State By Putin
Workmen change the lettering on the Parliament building to a sign that reads 'Crimean Autonomous Council' on March 18, 2014 in Simferopol, Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed Crimea as a part of Russia and said that Crimea would have three equal languages, Russian, Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar. Voters on the autonomous Ukrainian peninsular of Crimea voted overwhelmingly to secede from their country and join Russia. Dan Kitwood / Getty Images

SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine - Workers removed a sign at the entrance of the Crimean Parliament on Tuesday, not long after Crimean leaders endorsed a draft treaty with President Vladimir Putin that would make the region part of Russia.

The removed sign had read "The High Council of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea."

Image: Crimea's parliament building in Simferopol
Crimea's parliament building in Simferopol on March 12, left, and on March 18, after the sign was removed. FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP - Getty Images; Ed Flanagan / NBC News