Putin compared Crimea and Donbass

He spoke about that in the documentary “Crimea. Path to the Motherland”, a fragment from which was shown on the TV channel “Russia 1”. RIA Novosti quoted the Russian President.

“When we consistently and fairly rigidly acted in the Crimea, I also considered the possibility of facing tragic consequences that we see today in the Donbas area,” – said Putin.

According to him, in order to prevent such events, Moscow was forced to take the necessary action to ensure “free will” of the Crimean population. “The final objective was to give people the opportunity to express their opinion on how they want to live in the future,” – said the President.

A new feature documentary “Crimea. Path to the Motherland” talks about the events that took place on the peninsula in the spring of 2014. The filming process, which took place in dozens of settlements in the region, lasted for eight months. For the movie, two interviews with Vladimir Putin were recorded, who, in particular, talks about the rescue operation of the former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, as well as more than fifty other interviews with participants and eyewitnesses of the “Crimean Spring”. The documentary will be aired on March 15 – the anniversary of the annexation of the Crimea to Russia. Psaki called movie about Crimea deceitful.

In April of 2014, an armed conflict unfolded in Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.  It now involves the armed forces of Ukraine and rebels who are mostly the supporters of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic. In recent weeks, the intensity of hostilities in the conflict zone has decreased. This was the result of the truce agreements made by the countries of the “Normand Four” (Russia, Ukraine, Germany, France) in mid-February in Minsk. In early March, the parties reported on the withdrawal of artillery from the front line (although accused each other of trying to cheat on the peace agreement and return their artillery to former positions), while in certain areas clashes and shelling continued.

On March 16, 2014, there was a referendum in the Crimea where 96 per cent voted in favor of the annexation of the peninsula to Russia. On March 18, the republic’s authorities signed an agreement with Russia about the Crimea and Sevastopol joining the country as new subjects.

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