Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived at the Vasilyevsky Descent outside the Kremlin walls to make a speech at a concert marking the anniversary of Crimea's and Sevastopol's reunification with Russia.
"A year ago these days, Russia that we are talking so much about now, and the Russian people demonstrated an amazing focus and amazing patriotism by supporting the people of Crimea and Sevastopol (in their desire) to return to the home shores," Putin said.
Back then, all of us together "realized and felt, in our minds and our hearts, how important for us is the connection between times and generations and how much was done for our country by our hero forebearers," Putin said.
"We realized that as far as Crimea is concerned, this is not just about some territory, however strategically important - this is about millions of fellow Russians how need our help and support. We realized how important this was for us, we realized that this is not simply about territory, of which we have plenty, this is about historical roots, the sources of our spirituality and statehood," the president said.
This is about "what makes us one people, one and whole nation," he said.
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