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Vladimir Putin says Crimea is part of Russia historically and forever
Vladimir Putin says Crimea is part of Russia historically and forever

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday defended Moscow’s annexation of Crimea this year and implied that the “strategically important” peninsula will remain part of Russia “from now on and forever.” In his annual state of the union address, Putin called Crimea’s March referendum, which backed breaking away from Ukraine, and its parliament’s decision to join Russia “absolutely legitimate,” though thousands of Russian troops in unmarked uniforms had earlier in the month taken control of most of the territory and were in effect blocking all Ukrainian army and naval bases. Putin, speaking in the Kremlin, called “the...

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