Protests in Ukraine as Putin marks Russia's Unity Day in Crimea

People in Ukraine protested against Russia after Vladimir Putin visited annexed Crimea to celebrate National Unity Day.

Let's take a look:

'Stop the creeping occupation'

Participants of the war with Russia backed separatists on the east of Ukraine, activists of Right Sector, far-right movement hold placards and flags as they shout slogans during their rally called "Stop the creeping occupation!" outside the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kiev.

 

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Danger of increasing separatism

Protesters warned the authorities about the danger of increasing separatism in the regions bordering Russia which might undermine the stability and territorial integrity of Ukraine.
 

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'Now forever with Russia'

President Vladimir Putin celebrated Russia's National Unity Day with a visit to annexed Crimea.  

Speaking in Sevastopol, home to the Russian Black Sea fleet, Putin said the city and Crimea "are now forever with Russia".

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'Gross violation of Ukrainian sovereignty'

Ukraine, from which Russia seized the peninsula in 2014, condemned the visit as a "gross violation of Ukrainian sovereignty" and of international law.

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Replacement of Communist October Revolution Day

National Unity Day is a public holiday created by Putin's administration in 2004 to replace the Communist October Revolution Day, when tanks, missiles and troops used to parade through Moscow's Red Square.

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International condemnation and sanctions

Crime's seizure drew international condemnation and sanctions against Moscow, but provided a significant boost to Putin's domestic popularity and he has angered Ukraine with a series of visits in the past seven years.

 

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