Putin in Crimea salutes its 'return'

Ukraine fighting kills at least 7 on Russia’s Victory Day

Posted: May 10, 2014 at 6:21 a.m.

People with the Donetsk republic flag stand atop a Ukrainian government forces armored personal carrier seized by pro-Russia insurgents during fighting in Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Friday, May 9, 2014. In Ukraine's east, where pro-Russia insurgents have seized government buildings and fought with Ukrainian forces, fatal fighting broke out in the city of Mariupol. Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said about 60 gunmen attacked the police station and were repelled in an operation that killed one policeman and about 20 people that he called “terrorists.” (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

SEVASTOPOL, Crimea -- Presiding over a triumphant spectacle of warships and fighter jets, President Vladimir Putin hailed the return of Crimea to Russia as the restoration of "historic justice" before a jubilant, welcoming crowd Friday on the holiday that Russians hold dearest.

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