Preparations in Simferopol to mark one year since Russia's annexation of Crimea
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Ukraine conflict: Crimea is Putin's 'mission accomplished'

As Crimea marks the anniversary of its annexation from Ukraine, supporters of the 'Russian Spring' on the peninsula appear to outnumber its opponents.

Crimea was formally absorbed into Russia on 18 March - amid international condemnation - after a disputed referendum boycotted by Crimeans loyal to Ukraine.

John Simpson in Simferopol says that for Vladimir Putin, the signs of celebration "means 'mission accomplished.'"

  • 16 Mar 2015
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