A decision to award Putin the title of "Honorary Citizen of the city of Sevastopol" was taken by the MPs during a session of the Russia- controlled Sevastopol Parliament on May 31 as cited by TASS.
An acting Head of the City "Legislative Assembly" Ekaterina Altabaeva said that Putin’s capture of Crimea is an act for the benefit of the Sevastopol residents.
- Vladimir Vladimirovich has taken on a huge responsibility and continues bearing it. I think that neither those present here nor the Sevastopol residents have any doubts that had not the issue been tackled this way the fate of Crimea and Sevastopol would be no less tragic than of South- Eastern Ukraine, she added.
Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine announced February 20, 2014 the starting day of Russia’s temporary occupation of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol.