Russian President Vladimir Putin (C) walks with military personnel during a flower laying ceremony marking Victory Day in Sevastopol May 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov)
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Presiding over a triumphant spectacle of warships and fighter jets, President Vladimir Putin hailed the return of Crimea to Russia as the restoration of "historic justice" before a jubilant, welcoming crowd Friday on the holiday that Russians hold dearest.Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, a few weeks after Ukraine's president was toppled and fled to Russia, was a key event in Ukrainian's monthslong crisis, which has now descended into violence.Putin's visit to the Crimean port of Sevastopol, where Russia's Black Sea Fleet is based, was strongly criticized by both NATO and Ukraine's Foreign Ministry, which said it trampled on Ukraine's sovereignty and international law.
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