Putin visits annexed Crimea on Victory Day

Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, arrives on a boat after inspecting battleships during a navy parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
Russian President Vladimir Putin, followed by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, arrives on a boat after inspecting battleships during a navy parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea, Friday, May 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea (AP) — President Vladimir Putin has hailed Crimea’s incorporation into Russia.

Putin made a speech Friday in the city of Sevastopol on his first trip to the Black Sea peninsula since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March.

Putin watched a parade of Russian navy ships and a flyby of Russian aircraft marking the Victory Day commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II.

Ukraine has condemned Putin’s visit as trampling on international law.

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