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Russia: Crimea and Sevastopol celebrate reunification with Fatherland01:36

Russia: Crimea and Sevastopol celebrate reunification with Fatherland

Russian Federation, Sevastopol
February 23, 2015 at 18:06 GMT +00:00 · Published

Thousands came to Nakhimov square in Sevastopol Monday to celebrate the Defender of the Fatherland Day and the anniversary of the so-called 'Crimean spring.'

The celebrations started early in the morning and included the demonstration of military vehicles and the ships which were open for visitors throughout the day. Self-defence groups, Cossacks and members of the Night Wolves biker's club were also taking part in the parade. Cars with flags of Russia and the Russian Navy insignia could be seen all around the city.

The celebrations were dedicated to last year's events from February 23 to 27, dubbed the Crimean Spring, when the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol started protesting against 2014's Ukrainian revolution. The Crimean local authorities refused to accept the new Ukrainian government, after former President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev, leading to Crimea's demand to join Russia. The following referendum indicating that 96.77 percent of the cities' residents wanted to reunite with Russia. The reunification was eventually sealed with the Restitution of Crimea and Sevastopol Treaty signed on March 18, 2014.

Russia: Crimea and Sevastopol celebrate reunification with Fatherland01:36
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Thousands came to Nakhimov square in Sevastopol Monday to celebrate the Defender of the Fatherland Day and the anniversary of the so-called 'Crimean spring.'

The celebrations started early in the morning and included the demonstration of military vehicles and the ships which were open for visitors throughout the day. Self-defence groups, Cossacks and members of the Night Wolves biker's club were also taking part in the parade. Cars with flags of Russia and the Russian Navy insignia could be seen all around the city.

The celebrations were dedicated to last year's events from February 23 to 27, dubbed the Crimean Spring, when the residents of Crimea and Sevastopol started protesting against 2014's Ukrainian revolution. The Crimean local authorities refused to accept the new Ukrainian government, after former President Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev, leading to Crimea's demand to join Russia. The following referendum indicating that 96.77 percent of the cities' residents wanted to reunite with Russia. The reunification was eventually sealed with the Restitution of Crimea and Sevastopol Treaty signed on March 18, 2014.

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