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Putin praises 'heroic' military mission in Ukraine at stadium rally

Putin spoke before tens of thousands of cheering Russians at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium
HANDOUT - 18 March 2022, Russia, Moscow: The crowd waves Russian flags as Russian President Vladimir Putin walks to deliver a speech during a concert held to mark the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium. Photo: -/Kremlin/dpa - ATTENTION: editorial use only and only if the credit mentioned above is referenced in full.
The crowd waves Russian flags as Russian President Vladimir Putin walks to deliver a speech during a concert held to mark the eighth anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea at the Luzhniki stadium. Photo: Kremlin.

President Vladimir Putin praised the "special military operation" in Ukraine as a "heroic" mission by the Russian army during a patriotic rally at a Moscow stadium on Friday.

Putin spoke before tens of thousands of cheering Russians at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, where people waved the Russian state flag and flags with the letter Z, which has become a pro-war symbol.

He said all of the Kremlin's plans for Ukraine would be implemented.

The crowd shouted: "For Russia. For the win." Above the stage on which Putin appeared was written: "For a world without Nazism."

The rally was held to celebrate the eighth anniversary of the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea on March 18, 2014.

Putin praises 'heroic' military mission in Ukraine at stadium rally
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