MOSCOW (AP) -- The Kremlin says that President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Crimea, the Russian leader's first trip to the region since its annexation.
The triumphant trip to Crimea follows a massive show of military muscle in the annual Red Square parade marking victory over Nazi Germany. The celebrations come at a time when the world's attention is focused on Ukraine where pro-Russian insurgents are preparing a referendum on secession.
Crimea, which hosts a major Russian Black Sea Fleet base, was annexed by Russia in March in a hastily called referendum held weeks after Russian troops took over Ukraine's Black Sea peninsula.
The presidential press service says that Putin is to attend a massive navy parade in the port of Sevastopol.