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Occupied territory becomes home turf as Putin campaigns in Crimea

Washington Post - 14 Mar 2018
SEVASTOPOL, Crimea — On a streetside bench in the dark as crowds filed by, a 58-year-old woman Wednesday was watching a video she filmed on her cellphone, reliving a fleeting moment: a campaign event by Vladimir Putin. “I would have loved to see more ...

Putin Votes Cast From Crimea May Come at High Diplomatic Cost

Voice of America - 17 Mar 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin was in high spirits as he took the stage this week in Sevastopol, Crimea, addressing an ultra-patriotic concert rally marking the fourth anniversary of the internationally unrecognized referendum intended to legitimize ...

How People In Crimea View The Union With Russia

NPR - 06 Mar 2018
This city on the southern coast of Crimea has been the home port of Russia's Black Sea Fleet for two centuries. It was from here that Russian President Vladimir Putin launched the occupation of Crimea and oversaw a hastily arranged separatist ...

EU again calls on Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine - Mogherini

Ukrinform. Ukraine and world news - 17 Mar 2018
"Four years on from the illegal annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union remains firmly committed to Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. The European Union ...

Russia's Putin, in home strait of election campaign, visits Crimea

Business Insider - 14 Mar 2018
THE KERCH STRAIT (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday inspected a new bridge linking Crimea to Russia, touting his annexation of the peninsula to voters days before an election all but guaranteed to deliver him a second consecutive ...

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