Russian President Vladimir Putin has landed in the Crimean city of Sevastopol, the Kremlin press office said.
His arrival comes on the day of Victory Day parades across the region, which celebrates the Soviet victory in World War Two.
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St Paul’s Girls’ School in London was criticised by a former pupil over the exercise, which resulted in money going to charities.
‘They kept overtaking each other, so maybe the match will be closer than we expect,’ said Richard Nicholson, of Cannon Hall Farm, near Barns