Ukraine protests to Russia after Vladimir Putin visits the annexed Crimean peninsula

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Ukraine has protested to Russia after a leather-clad President Vladimir Putin visited the annexed Crimean peninsula to attend a bikers’ festival. Its foreign ministry described the visit as a “blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty”. Ukraine said attempts by Moscow and its media to present such visits as routine were “pathetic”. Crimea was annexed from the Ukraine in 2014, triggering a wave of ultra-patriotism in Russia.

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