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President Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia
Vladimir Putin added Crimea to the map of Russia on 18-Mar-2014, describing
the move as correcting past injustice and responding to what he called
Western encroachment upon Russia's vital interests.
In a 40-minute speech televised live from the Kremlin, Putin said "in
people's hearts and minds, Crimea has always been an integral part of
He referred to Ukraine as a state born out of an illegal secession from the Soviet Union.