WorldViews: The brutal, bloody history behind Putin’s Crimea speech

By Ishaan Tharoor, May 9, 2014

On the day that Russia annually commemorates the country's victory in World War II President Vladimir Putin made an appearance in Crimea the Black Sea peninsula his government has annexed from Ukraine -- much to the ire of Kiev and the international community. As The Washington Post's Michael Birnbaum explains here the visit on Friday was the clearest sign yet that Moscow will not give up the territory now that it's back in the Russian fold.

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