Russia gave free will to the citizens of Crimea, otherwise the peninsula would have seen the same massacre that happened in Odessa on May 2, President Vladimir Putin said, RT reports.
"If we haven't done that we would have a bigger tragedy there, bigger that what we have seen in some Ukrainian cities, like Odesa, where unarmed people were burned alive in a building."- he said.
"So we did not allow such a tragedy to happen in Crimea and I think we did the right thing. And we are asking to approach this without any prejudice, and in unbiased manner."- he added.
To recall, Russia annexed Crimea following all-Crimean referendum March 16.
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