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Putin takes victory lap to annexed Crimea

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President Vladimir Putin took a victory lap Friday in his first visit to Crimea since its annexation by Russia, as fighting in eastern Ukraine left more than 20 dead just days ahead of a separatist vote. 

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (C) and World War II veterans watch an honour guard during his visit to the Crimean port of Sevastopol on May 9, 2014

The visit drew a sharp rebuke from authorities in Kiev, who accused the Russian strongman of stoking tensions with his visit to Sevastopol, home to Russia's Black Sea fleet.

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