One history, one faith, one country: five years ago, the Crimea returned to Russia.
The Crimea and Sevastopol again became regions of Russia in March 2014. The historical event was preceded by a referendum, held on March 16, 2014. According to the results, 96.77% of the Crimeans and 95.6% of the residents of Sevastopol supported reunification with Russia.
On March 18, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Crimea Sergei Aksenov, Chairman of the State Council of Crimea Vladimir Konstantinov and Chairman of the Coordination Council for the Establishment of the Department of Life Support of the City of Sevastopol Alexei Chaly signed a treaty between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Crimea on the acceptance of the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation and formation of new regions in the Russian Federation.
The Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol became the 84th and 85th regions of the Russian Federation.
Separately, dozens of unidentified armed men dressed in military uniforms were seen patrolling the airport at Simferopol, Crimea’s capital early on Friday morning.
The men, who refused to talk to journalists, did not move into the passenger terminal and appeared to be allowing the airport to function normally. Their uniforms were without military insignias and it was not immediately clear who they were. They were also known as Polite People (Russian: вежливые люди, translit. vezhlivye lyudi) as they were perceived to have behaved peacefully with little practical interference with the daily activities of the residents.
In March 2014, Putin continued to maintain that there was no pre-planned intervention, but that "the heavily armed, tightly coordinated groups who took over Crimea's airports and ports at the start of the incursion – they were merely spontaneous 'self-defence groups' who may have acquired their Russian-looking uniforms from local [military] shops (voyentorg)". According to the Ukrainian Gun Owners Association, Ukrainian law does not allow the selling or carrying of firearms other than for hunting.
On 17 April, President Putin admitted for the first time publicly that Russian special forces were involved in the events of Crimea, for the purposes of protecting local people and creating conditions for a referendum. Later, he admitted that Russian Armed Forces had blocked Ukrainian Armed Forces in Crimea during the events.
In answer to the question of the presence of Russian troops in Crimea, Russian Minister of Defence Sergey Shoygu said, "Regarding the statements about use of Russian special forces in Ukrainian events, I can only say one thing – it's hard to search for a black cat in a dark room, especially if it's not there," and added cryptically that searching for the cat would be "stupid" if the cat is "intelligent, brave, and polite".
Спокойная ночь 'Spokoynaya noch 'Peaceful Night' (6:07) is a song by the Soviet rock band Kino.
The artists performing in the song are:
Viktor Tsoi — vocals, guitar
Yuri Kasparyan — lead guitar
Igor Tikhomirov — bass guitar
Georgiy Guryanov — drums.
The author of words and music Viktor Tsoi.
Viktor Tsoi, the charismatic frontman of rock group Kino, was one of the most loved stars of Leningrad’s marginal music scene before he tragically died in a car accident in 1990. Almost 30 years after his death, Russia’s youth is in need of his music more than ever.