Putin: ‘No Regrets’ Over Crimea Annexation

April 26, 2015

In a new documentary in Russia, President Vladimir Putin says that the annexation of Crimea just over a year ago was justified and righted a historical wrong.

In the film titled The President, Putin denies that the importance of the Black Sea peninsula is not strategic. “It’s because this has elements of historical justice. I believe we did the right thing and I don’t regret anything,” he says, according to RIA news agency.

Reuters reports:

“Putin also said sanctions imposed by the West after the annexation were aimed at halting Russia’s progress as a global power.

“The film, marking Putin’s 15 years in power, had already been aired in Russia’s Far East. It was scheduled to be shown in western Russia … on Sunday.”

In eastern Ukraine, where separatists backed by Moscow have sought to carve out an independent Russian-speaking territories, sporadic fighting has continued despite a cease-fire deal.

Today, one Ukrainian serviceman was reportedly killed and seven others wounded in separatist attacks in the past 24 hours, according to Ukraine’s military.

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