Kremlin saw plan to annex Crimea before Yanukovich fell: newspaper

February 25, 2015 5:46 PM

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin was presented with a plan to annex the Crimea peninsula and eastern Ukraine before the overthrow of the country's Moscow-leaning president last year, an independent newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Novaya Gazeta, an investigative newspaper that is often critical of President Vladimir Putin, published details of what it said was a document presented to the presidential administration some time between Feb. 4 and Feb. 12 last year.

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