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Putin plans visiting Crimea on anniversary of annexation of peninsula

The Ukrainian territory was illegally occupied by the Russian troops in February-March 2014; most of the civilized countries do not recognize the outcome of the 'referendum' supposed to legalize the capture of Crimea
10:58, 13 March 2019

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President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin intends to visit the occupied Crimea in the view of the fifth anniversary of the peninsula. RBC-Ukraine reported that citing the sources in Putin's administration. 

According to the said sources, this flight is already on Putin's working schedule; however, there's still no official confirmation of this information yet. 

Previously, leader of Syria Bashaar al-Assad and French far-right politician Marine Le Pen also stated they would come to Crimea for the so-called 'Yalta International Economic Forum'.  

Related: Another emission of chemicals takes place in annexed Crimea

Russia annexed Crimea in March 2014. Crimea was declared a temporarily occupied territory. The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine officially announced February 20, 2014 the beginning of the temporary occupation of Crimea and Sevastopol by Russia. On October 7 2015 Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko signed the relevant law. International organizations recognized the occupation and annexation of Crimea illegal and condemned Russia's actions. The West introduced a series of economic sanctions. Russia denies the occupation of the peninsula and calls it a "restoration of historical justice."

Related: 21 men in Crimea convicted for deferring from service in Russian army in 2018

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