Putin on Parade in Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a wreath-laying ceremony by the Kremlin wall on the eve of the Victory Day celebrations in central Moscow, May 8, 2014. Russia celebrates victory over Nazi Germany on May 9. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY ANNIVERSARY) - RTR3O9EB

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    Vladimir Putin celebrated the anniversary of Germany’s defeat in World War II by flaunting Russia’s latest act of aggression. He traveled to Crimea for the first time since annexing the region from Ukraine, and inspected Russia’s warships off the coast. Earlier, he attended a vast Soviet-style parade in Moscow’s Red Square. “It’s a day when we all especially keenly feel what it means to be faithful to the Motherland and how important it is to be able to defend its interests,” he declared. “It’s a holiday when the all-triumphant power of patriotism celebrates victory.” Meanwhile, the EU is prepping new sanctions on Russian companies, which could be approved as early as May 12.

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