Putin arrives in Crimea to mark fifth anniversary of annexation
Russian annexation of Crimea was preceded by &# 171; referendum&# 187; not recognized by the international community
Russian President Vladimir Putin will travel to Crimea on Monday to mark the fifth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula, which the West condemned but was approved by most Russians..
A Kremlin statement released Sunday said Putin will visit the peninsula and its largest city, Sevastopol, to take part in celebrations marking the fifth anniversary of Crimea’s “reunification” with Russia..
During the visit, the President of the Russian Federation will take part in the commissioning ceremony of the new power plant and will meet with representatives of the public, the message says..
On March 18, 2014, Putin signed an agreement with representatives of Crimea on the entry of the peninsula into Russia. This happened two days after the “referendum”, which was not recognized by the international community..
Kiev and the West strongly condemned Russia’s actions as annexation, which led to the imposition of sanctions against Moscow, but they also resulted in a significant rise in Putin’s popularity at the time..
In Russia, March 18 is officially celebrated as the “Day of the reunification of Crimea with Russia”.
“This is a very important date for all Russians, so there should be no doubt that Putin will properly take part in the relevant events,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.
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