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Putin Prepares for Crimea Visit

Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Aug. 12, 2014.Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Aug. 12, 2014.
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Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Aug. 12, 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin during a meeting in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Aug. 12, 2014.
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Russia's President Vladimir Putin will meet his top security officials on Wednesday and address members of government and parliament traveling with him on a trip to the Crimean peninsula a day later, the Kremlin said.

A Russian convoy carrying food, water and other aid set off on Tuesday for eastern Ukraine, where government forces are closing in on pro-Russian rebels, but Kyiv said it would not allow the vehicles to cross onto its territory.

Kyiv and Western governments warned Moscow against any attempt to turn the operation into a military intervention by stealth in a region facing a humanitarian crisis after four months of warfare.

The United States and European Union imposed sanctions on Moscow following its annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in March and over its purported support for pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. 

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by: Tomasi
August 12, 2014 4:04 PM
It is hoped that President Putin will make his choice soon, with regard to extraditing those responsible for that downing of the aircraft, to the Hague, to stand trial. The eyes of the world are upon Russia and indeed upon Mr Putin himself.
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by: Igor from: Russia
August 13, 2014 11:21 AM
If it turns out that Ukraine was behind the downing of the plane by mistaking it for Mr. Putin's plane, I also hope that Mr. Putin will take those criminals in Kiev to the Hague too,

by: brian fitzpatrick from: Guatemala
August 12, 2014 1:31 PM
Putin is following the play book Hitler laid out. Is this his Checholslovakia? What will be his Poland? Sucker! We will squash you like a bug, just as we did Hitler.
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by: OutLife from: Earth
August 13, 2014 2:53 AM
HAHAHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAHHHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA

by: Igor from: Russia
August 12, 2014 12:51 PM
Kyiv and Western governments warned Moscow against any attempt to turn the operation into a military intervention by stealth in a region facing a humanitarian crisis because they are afraid that Russia will follow the ways that Nato and the USA used to invade a lot of countries in the past without UN approval. Professional criminals and hypocrites do not want others to follow their ways!

by: meanbill from: USA
August 12, 2014 12:45 PM
THE WISE MAN said it, and Putin did it in Crimea;... "The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting".... from the book "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu

by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
August 12, 2014 12:12 PM
Nobody in the west knows or wants to know that Crimea WAS THE PART of the RUSSIAN Empire for decades, namely 134 years starting from the year of 1783. Crimea was also the part of the RUSSIAN Soviet Republic. In 230 years under Russian rule, oceans of Russian blood were shed for Crimea. By the whim of controvertial ruler Nikita Khrushchev and as a gift to his Ukrainian wife, Russian Crimea was transferred in books to Ukranian Soviet republic despite the fact that it was populated by Russians overwhelmingly. Please not to confuse with nowadays Ukraine. In 2014, historical justice was restored with Crimea returning into the orbit of Russia. It is high time for the President of Russia to visit the Russian territory. All the other rhetoric around Crimea coming out predominantly from the West is vicious unscientific propaganda.
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by: OutLife from: Moscow
August 13, 2014 2:54 AM
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