REFILE CLARIFYING CAPTIONRussian President Vladimir Putin attends a session of the State Council Presidium in Yalta, Crimea, August 17, 2015. REUTERS/Alexei Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin
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Russian President Vladimir Putin Monday slammed alleged "external control" over Ukraine's government as he made his third visit to the Crimean peninsula since Moscow seized the region from Kiev last year.Russia has claimed the West was behind popular protests that led to the February 2014 ouster of former Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych.Ukraine in December appointed a new pro-Western government that included American, Georgian and Lithuanian citizens.Putin's visit to Crimea sparked ire from Kiev with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko describing it as a "challenge to the civilized world".
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