Ukraine crisis: Vladimir Putin visits annexed Crimea
9 May 2014 Last updated at 14:11 BST
President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, his first visit to the peninsula since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March.
He addressed sailors in Sevastopol harbour as part of celebrations marking the 1945 Soviet victory over the Nazis.
The Kiev government protested at the visit, calling it a "gross violation of Ukraine's sovereignty".
The BBC's Regional Editor Olexiy Solohubenko reports.