Kiev protests over Putin's visit to Crimea

President Vladimir Putin joined the festivities marking the 69th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory in the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany and the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Sevastopol.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has issued a statement protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's arrival to Crimea because the visit has not been accorded with the Ukrainian authorities considering Crimea to be Ukraine's territory.

The trip is considered as "Russia ignoring the existing Ukrainian legislation and international law standards, and a serious violation of Ukraine's sovereignty by Russia," the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in the statement on Friday.

Russia "escalates further tension in the Ukrainian-Russian relations" and has no wish to resolve diplomatically the issues existing in the bilateral relations, the document said.

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