Putin in Crimea as Russia marks five years since annexation

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Mar 19, 2019-

SIMFEROPOL: Russia on Monday marked the fifth anniversary of its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, a move condemned by Kiev and its Western allies but celebrated by most Russians. President Vladimir Putin was to take part in celebrations in the Black Sea peninsula, launching a power station and meeting members of the public, the Kremlin said. Moscow took over Crimea in March 2014 after months of tensions with Kiev following the ouster of a pro-Russian leader. Russia said it was righting a historic wrong—Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev had transferred Crimea to Ukrainian control in 1954—and the move resulted in a major boost to Putin’s popularity. But the takeover was denounced by Kiev and the West as an annexation and, along with Moscow’s support for separatist forces in Ukraine’s east, has led to wide-ranging sanctions against Russia. In Russia, March 18 has been officially proclaimed the “Day of Crimea’s Reunification with Russia” and celebrated with events across the country.

Published: 19-03-2019 10:54

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