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Russia: Crimea kicks off referendum anniversary celebrations01:06

Russia: Crimea kicks off referendum anniversary celebrations

Russian Federation, Sevastopol
March 18, 2015 at 12:27 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Black Sea Fleet accompanied by military bands marched through Sevastopol on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the Crimean referendum, which resulted in the reintegration of the peninsula into the Russian state.

Thousands of people gathered on the streets carrying Russian flags and chanting the slogan "Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia!" after local authorities declared the day a national holiday. Festivities to mark the historic referendum are taking place across Crimea and the greater Russia region with concerts and fireworks displays expected in the former on the last day of the week-long celebrations.

On March 18 2014 Russia initiated the process of declaring the 'Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol' as its federal subjects.

Russia: Crimea kicks off referendum anniversary celebrations01:06
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The Black Sea Fleet accompanied by military bands marched through Sevastopol on Wednesday to mark the first anniversary of the Crimean referendum, which resulted in the reintegration of the peninsula into the Russian state.

Thousands of people gathered on the streets carrying Russian flags and chanting the slogan "Sevastopol, Crimea, Russia!" after local authorities declared the day a national holiday. Festivities to mark the historic referendum are taking place across Crimea and the greater Russia region with concerts and fireworks displays expected in the former on the last day of the week-long celebrations.

On March 18 2014 Russia initiated the process of declaring the 'Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the City of Sevastopol' as its federal subjects.

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