A selection of controversial statements of Russian President Vladimir Putin about the annexation of Crimea has appeared in the Network.
The clip clearly demonstrates how the Russian President’s remarks contradict each other and, more importantly, the real situation.
For instance, Putin admitted that Crimea was part of Ukraine, and called the problem of the Tatar, Ukrainian and Russian population on the peninsula a domestic political issue of Ukraine in an interview after Russia’s invasion of Georgia in 2008.
In 2013 the Russian President ruled out the possibility of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine.
In March 2014, Putin said that the people in the Russian military uniform blocking the Ukrainian army troops on the peninsula were not Russian soldiers but the members of the “local self-defense”. A month later, he said that Russian soldiers had been still standing up behind the “local self-defense”.
In November of the same year, the Russian President added that he had never denied that Russian military had blocked the Ukrainian troops in Crimea.
And finally in 2015 Putin openly admitted that he had given the order to start working on the annexation of Crimea.