Vladimir Putin riles Ukraine with Crimea bikers’ festival trip

(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –Ukraine has protested to Russia after a leather-clad President Vladimir Putin visited the annexed Crimean peninsula to attend a bikers’ festival.

Its foreign ministry described Saturday’s visit as a “blatant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty”.

Ukraine said attempts by Moscow and its media to present such visits as routine were “pathetic”.

Crimea was annexed from the Ukraine in 2014, triggering a wave of ultra-patriotism in Russia.

The Night Wolves, a right-wing nationalist bikers’ group close to President Putin, were prominent supporters of the annexation.

This year, they held their annual show in Sevastopol, the peninsula’s largest city.

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