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Published: Friday May 9, 2014 MYT 8:35:01 PM
Updated: Friday May 9, 2014 MYT 8:35:55 PM

Ukraine condemns Putin visit to Crimea as escalation of crisis - statement

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's Foreign Ministry condemned a visit by President Vladimir Putin to the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in March as a deliberate escalation of a crisis between the two countries.

"Such a provocation is yet another confirmation that Russia is deliberately pursuing further escalation of tensions in Ukrainian-Russian relations," Ukraine's Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

(Reporting by Aleksandar Vasovic)

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