Putin says Russia's annexation of Crimea driven by 'historic roots'

March 18, 2015 3:44 PM

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Putin says Russia's annexation of Crimea driven by 'historic roots'

Demonstrators wearing t-shirts depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin gather for a concert to mark the one year anniversary of the annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, outside the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Denis Tyrin) (The Associated Press)

MOSCOW – Speaking to tens of thousands of supporters just outside the Kremlin walls, President Vladimir Putin has described Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula as a move to protect ethnic Russians and regain the nation's "historic roots."

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