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Subject Putin Reveals Details of Russia-Crimea Reunification, Maidan in Documentary "Crimea. Way Back Home"
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Original Message Putin Reveals Details of Russia-Crimea Reunification, Maidan in Documentary


Russian President Putin revealed details of Crimean reunification with Russia and Maidan events in the documentary "Crimea. Way Back Home".

VLADIVOSTOK (Sputnik) — Andrei Kondrashov's movie, titled "Crimea. Way Back Home" highlights the much-discussed reunification of the Crimean republic with Russia after 60 years under Ukrainian rule.

Moscow refused to send troops to Ukraine despite the parliament’s authorization, and the number of personnel at Russia's military base in Crimea was not exceeded, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in "Crimea. Way Back Home," a documentary on Crimea's reunification with Russia broadcast on Rossiya-1 TV channel on Sunday.

Crimea and the city of Sevastopol became parts of Russia following a referendum, in which over 96 percent of Crimean voters backed a move to reunify with Russia, prompting the West to slap the region with rounds of individual and economic sanctions.

"We did not even have to use the Federation Council’s authorization to send our troops to Ukraine, I did not pretend. In accordance with the relevant international agreement, 20,000 people could be stationed at our military base in Crimea, and even more. Even given the number of personnel we added, we did not get 20,000."

Putin added that Russia had not actually violate any regulations.

Russia has deliberately positioned the K-300P (SSC-5) Bastion mobile coastal defense missile systems in Crimea so that they could be seen from space, President Putin said.

"Bastion is a defense system, which protects the coast and the territory. It does not attack, but it is an effective, modern, high-precision weapon… Yes, and at one point, so that it would be understood that Crimea is well-protected, we positioned these Bastion coastal systems there."

"Apart from the above, we deliberately positioned these defense systems in a way to be seen from space," he added.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a documentary on Crimea's reunification with Russia that the Kremlin had been ready to place its nuclear forces on alert if an “unfavorable scenario” in Crimea had unfolded.

Moscow was informed of “radical” Ukrainian authorities’ readiness to carry out terrorist attacks in Crimea, targeting a large number of civilians, Putin added.

The Russian leader stressed it was "in no way admissible" to allow bloodshed while providing the people of Crimean with the "opportunity to express their will" at the March 16, 2014 referendum on secession from Ukraine and reunification with Russia.

"To block and disarm 20,000 people, of course you need a certain set of personnel, and not just in terms of quantity, but also quality… So I ordered the Ministry of Defense… to deploy the special forces of the Main Intelligence Directorate [GRU], Marines and paratroopers under the guise of reinforcing our military facilities in Crimea," Putin said.

Vladimir Putin said he had never thought of "dismembering" Crimea from Ukraine until the February 2014 armed coup in Kiev.

"We cannot leave this area and the people who live there to whims of fate, to let the people of Crimea be thrown under the wheels of this nationalist bulldozer. I set certain tasks, I did say, what and how we should do, but immediately stressed that we would do so only if we are absolutely convinced that the people who live in the Crimea want it," Putin said.

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