Friday, November 5, 2021

Putin marks Russia’s team spirit Day in Crimea, Ukraine protests

MOSCOW/KYIV (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin celebrated Russia's countrywide harmony Day on Thursday with a discuss with to annexed Crimea, drawing a pointy protest from Ukraine.

talking in Sevastopol, home to the Russian Black Sea fleet, Putin pointed out the city and Crimea "are now perpetually with Russia".

Ukraine, from which Russia seized the peninsula in 2014, condemned the visit as a "gross violation of Ukrainian sovereignty" and of overseas law.

country wide unity Day is a public holiday created through Putin's administration in 2004 to exchange the Communist October Revolution Day, when tanks, missiles and troops used to parade through Moscow's pink square.

Crime's seizure drew foreign condemnation and sanctions towards Moscow, but supplied a significant boost to Putin's home popularity and he has angered Ukraine with a collection of visits in the past seven years.

(Reporting by way of Vladimir Soldatkin and Pavel Polityuk, enhancing by way of Mark Trevelyan/Mark Heinrich)

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