Fourth anniversary of Russian aggression in Crimea

18:53, 21 February 2018

Four years ago, Russia’s armed aggression in Crimea commenced. On February 21, Russia’s Black Sea Fleet brought in reinforcements to the peninsula – in addition to the already deployed units, which prepared to seize power in Crimea.

According to former Russian lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev, on February 22, Russian leader Vladimir Putin ordered the top military officials to start the annexation of Crimea. The direct military invasion began on February 27.

About a hundred masked fighters in uniforms without any insignia captured the government buildings and hoisted Russian flags over them. The armed units took road checkpoints on the administrative border with Ukraine. Only one year after that, Putin recognized that he had used Russian troops in Crimea.