At first, Putin claimed there were the “little green men” in Crimea, not the Russian military, as he admitted a year later. Russian special services troops besieging a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, February 2014. (Image: UNIAN)

At first, Putin claimed there were the “little green men” in Crimea, not the Russian military, as he admitted a year later. Russian special services troops besieging a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, February 2014. (Image: UNIAN)

At first, Putin claimed there were the “little green men” in Crimea, not the Russian military, as he admitted a year later. Russian special services troops besieging a Ukrainian military base in Crimea, February 2014. (Image: UNIAN)

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