Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a parade marking the Victory Day in Sevastopol, Crimea
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President Vladimir Putin arrives to cheers in Crimea

9 May 2014 Last updated at 19:07 BST

President Vladimir Putin is making his first visit to Crimea since Russia annexed it from Ukraine in March.

He told crowds marking the 1945 Soviet victory over the Nazis that Crimea had shown loyalty to a "historical truth" in choosing to be part of Russia.

Daniel Sandford reports.