Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly to visit Crimea on Victory Day to take part in festivities there on May 9, Russian media say, referring to its sources in government.
It will be Putin’s first visit to Crimea after peninsula’s annexation in March.
“The event is on the agenda, the issue to be agreed with Kremlin administration, Kommersant newspaper quoted its sources in Defense Ministry as saying.
Meanwhile, the President’s press-secretary Dmitry Peskov claimed Putin has not yet officially included a visit to Sevastopol in his agenda for May 9.
The city administration of Sevastopol says that they have not yet received any official confirmation about the visit of the Russian President, but they are ready to meet such a high-ranking guest with honor if he comes.
Victory Day or 9 May marks the capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union in the Second World War. It was first inaugurated in the fifteen republics of the Soviet Union, following the signing of the surrender document late in the evening on 8 May 1945 (after midnight, thus on 9 May, by Moscow Time). The Soviet government announced the victory early on 9 May after the signing ceremony in Berlin.