The monument in honor of the Russian occupation troops, redeployed to Crimea in order to rig an illegal referendum "on the self-determination of the peninsula" in March 2014, has been consecrated by the representatives of the local diocese of the city of Simferopol, reported TASS.

A self-proclaimed Head of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov said that the unveiling ceremony held on the eve of the Day of Russia is a significant event for Crimea.

- I am sure the monument will be a popular place among the Crimean people, said the "politician".

The local "authorities" hope that newlyweds will take pictures near the monument to occupants.

- The monument symbolizes strength, calmness, confidence and courtesy of our Russian soldiers, the "Presidential Envoy in Crimean Federal District" Oleg Belaventsev said at the ceremony.

A proposal to install the monument to Russian invaders was put forward by the Crimean MPs as they got inspired by a similar monument in Amur region.

Photo: RIA Crimea