Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Crimea on Saturday, the day of the ninth anniversary of the annexation of this Ukrainian peninsula by Russia in 2014, Russian public television announced.
In a surprise trip to Sevastopol, home port of the Russian Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, Mr. Putin visited a school of the arts in the company of the local governor, Mikhail Razvojayev, according to the images broadcast by the Rossia-1 television channel.
“Our President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin knows how to surprise. In the good sense of the word,” Mr. Razvojayev wrote on Telegram.
President Putin arrived in #Crimea to celebrate the anniversary of the annexation of the Peninsula pic.twitter.com/UnBrXad6o5
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According to him, a school of arts for children was to be inaugurated on Saturday with the participation of the Russian leader by videoconference.
“But Vladimir Vladimirovich came in person. Himself. Driving. Because on a historic day like today, he is always with Sevastopol and its people,” said Mikhail Razvojayev.