Russian President Putin In Crimea To Mark The fifth Anniversary Of The Peninsula 'Rejoining' Russia

A man holds a placard with a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin during celebrations marking the fifth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea in Simferopol on March 15.

RFE: Putin Arrives In Crimea To Mark Five Years Since Peninsula 'Rejoined' Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea to mark the fifth anniversary of what Moscow considers the day Ukraine’s Black Sea peninsula became part of Russia.

Ukraine and the West have slammed Russia's move as an “illegal” annexation, leading to sanctions against Russian individuals and entities.

Putin, on March 18, inaugurated two new power stations in the cities of Sevastopol and Simferopol.

The power stations were partially launched last year, but the March 18 inauguration marked the moment they began working at full capacity.

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WNU Editor: Crimea is never going to go back and be a part Ukraine. 90% of the peninsula is Russian, and just because of Ukraine's restrictions on the use of Russian in using government services, employment, and the language that is taught in schools, there is zero interest to rejoin the country. Russia has also invested billions in building a land bridge, and making Crimea independent in energy supplies. These are tangible benefits that only entrenches support to stay with Russia.

More News On The Fifth Anniversary Of Russia's Annexation Of Crimea

Putin to visit Crimea, Sevastopol on March 18 -- TASS
Crimeans Mark Five Years of Russian Rule With Cossacks, Eagles and Bikers -- Moscow Times
Putin to Mark 5 years of Annexation in Crimea -- VOA/AFP
Crimea is 'unassailable fortress', no danger of provocations, says regional head -- TASS
Long Road Home: Marking Fifth Anniversary of Crimea's Reunification With Russia -- Sputnik
Five years after the annexation of Crimea, Russia has been left an international pariah --
Crimeans Take to the Streets in Celebrations, in Photos -- Moscow Times

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