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Putin arrives in Ukraine

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Posted: May 9, 2014 6:22 AM by Vladimir Isachenkov
Updated: May 9, 2014 6:22 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Kremlin, Putin, Crimea, Ukraine, annexation, arrival

MOSCOW, Russia - The Kremlin says that President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, the Russian leader's first trip to the region since its annexation.

The triumphant trip to Crimea follows a massive show of military muscle in the annual Red Square parade marking victory over Nazi Germany. The celebrations come at a time when the world's attention is focused on Ukraine where pro-Russian insurgents are preparing a referendum on secession.

Crimea, which hosts a major Russian Black Sea Fleet base, was annexed by Russia in March in a hastily called referendum held weeks after Russian troops took over Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula.

The presidential press service says that Putin is to attend a massive navy parade in the port of Sevastopol.

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