Driving Your Own Car, Putin Visits Crimea Celebrates 9 Years of Reunification with Russia


Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives in Sevastopol for the opening of an art school and center in Korsun, Crimea. Photo/sputnik

CRIMEA – On the ninth anniversary of the reunification of Russia and Crimea, President Vladimir Putin arrived in Sevastopol for the opening of the Korsun art school and center.

“Our president, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, knows how to surprise us,” wrote Sevastopol Governor Mikhail Razvozhayev on Telegram.

He added that the head of state personally drove his black SUV to Crimea. The Governor added, “On this historic day, the President is always with Sevastopol and the people of Sevastopol.”

“Our country has a wonderful leader!” said the Governor of Sevastopol.

On the eve of the visit, on Friday, Putin held a meeting on the socio-economic development of the region.

Dmitry Peskov, Press Secretary to the President of Russia, earlier told reporters that Vladimir Putin had planned an event on the anniversary of Crimea’s reunification with Russia via videoconference on March 18.

A decree adopted by the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on February 19, 1954, transferred Crimea to the Ukrainian SSR.

The decision is believed to have been a personal initiative of Nikita Khrushchev, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union at the time.

While residents of the Crimean Peninsula have attempted several times to hold an independence referendum, this has been deemed prohibited by the central authorities.

After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Crimea became part of independent Ukraine, and a 2014 referendum finally incorporated it into Russia.

On the eve of the reunification anniversary, a poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) showed a majority of Russians (86%) believed the 2014 decision to incorporate the Crimean peninsula into Russia was correct, and 56% of those surveyed were proud of reunification. region.


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