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 We Blocked Armed Forces of Ukraine in Crimea to Avoid Bloodshed - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin claimed that his army blocked the Armed Forces of Ukraine during the Russian occupation of the Crimea.

He said in an interview with German ARD television channel, Censor.NET reports citing RT.

"Yes, I make no secret of it, it is a fact and we never concealed that our Armed Forces, let us be clear, blocked Ukrainian armed forces stationed in Crimea, not to force anybody to vote, which is impossible, but to avoid bloodshed, to give the people an opportunity to express their own opinion about how they want to shape their future and the future of their children," Putin said.

He also considers the international response to Crimea annexation inadequate.

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"Whenever I hear complaints about Russia violating international law I am simply amazed," Putin said.

Read the full text of the interview on Censor.NET.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/v312255