Putin welcomed the audience to the 15th annual jazz festival in Crimea—an event that his annexation drove out of the region.
Moscow has poured billions into a bridge set to open next year, but Ukraine is preparing a lawsuit against it.
Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 with lofty tourism targets, but bookings for 2017 are reportedly down 30 percent.
"There was nothing spontaneous. Everything was organized and each fiddler played his role." Military sources reveal how defections helped Russia take Crimea.
It is not the first time Russians have turned up in Ukraine under suspicious circumstances.
Russian lawmaker Vyacheslav Alekseyevich Nikonov said nuclear weapons would be necessary in the event of a U.S. or NATO invasion of Crimea or eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine's general prosecutor said it will charge Stalin and Lavrenti Beria over 70-year-old crimes, and is still investigating the mass starvation of 1932-33.
The State Department underlined its commitment to Ukraine, three years since the annexation.
The annexation of Crimea gave Vladimir Putin one of his biggest popularity boosts in Russia.
The annexation of Crimea ranks above Yury Gagarin’s flight and the works of Russia’s great writers, in pride index.
The Kremlin’s military holiday coincides exactly with the day that pro-Russian forces took control of Crimea.
NATO and EU officials are increasingly worried about Russia's ability to spread disinformation via TV and internet.
Focus on Ukraine rather than Russia and Donald Trump could transform Eastern Europe.
Shuvalov has told ministers to assume sanctions will be lifted by the end of 2017.
The National Front leader said she did not view the annexation of Crimea as illegal.
Lithuania has blacklisted Russian judges who backed the referendum on Crimea.
Meanwhile Russian interest in east Ukraine has dwindled to a near three-year low.
Putin is keeping an eye on proceedings and reports suggest Russian missile defenses in Crimea are at the ready.
Rossiyskaya Gazeta incorrectly cited Ljubljana's mayor as claiming Slovenia recognized Crimea’s annexation.
Russian nationalists are collecting donations to build a Putin statue before his presidential term ends.