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.
“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.