Putin arrived in the Crimea and personally launched the Crimean TPP in honor of the fifth anniversary of the annexation
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived today, March 18, in the illegally annexed Crimea to participate in events dedicated to the fifth anniversary of the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula, TASS reports.
He came to Sevastopol specifically to launch Balaklavskaya and Tavricheskaya TPP at full capacity.
According to Putin, the launch of these two thermal power plants will provide 90% of the current energy consumption of the whole Crimea, as it was until 2014.
The official ceremony of launching the new power units was also attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Kozak, the Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation Aleksandr Novak, the “head” of the Crimea Sergey Aksyonov and the Director General of the Rostekh corporation Sergey Chemezov.
In Sevastopol, Putin will also inspect the memorial complex of the monuments to city’s defense in 1854-1855 and 1941-1944 “Malakhov Kurgan”, then the Russian president will go to occupied Simferopol, where a concert will be held on the occasion of the anniversary of the Russian annexation of Crimea. Simferopol will also host Putin’s meeting with a group of French politicians, including a member of the French parliament, the President of the Franco-Russian Dialogue Association Thierry Mariani.
On the eve of Putin’s arrival, the Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people Refat Chubarov, speaking of Putin’s visit to the Crimea, noted that a criminal always seeks to return to the crime scene.
According to Chubarov, Putin confirms this axiom with stubbornness, again and again visiting the Crimea, “he villainously stole in February-March 2014.”
“Tomorrow, when Putin, while in the Crimea, will seek solace in the midst of his crime accomplices and portray a “reunion celebration,” his name will be damned in hundreds of thousands of Crimean families,” Chubarov wrote.
The Head of the Mejlis further noted that five years of occupation of the Crimea were marked by mass repressions, which, of course, would lead Putin to the defendants’ bench of the International Tribunal.
Earlier, the Prosecutor of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Gunduz Mamedov said that the offenses committed on the territory of Crimea will not go unpunished, and are the subject of the work of his department. He noted that the “Crimean referendum” marked the beginning of five years of human rights violations in the peninsula.