Putin: Russian military professionalism saved bloodshed

Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the Russian military's professionalism on Friday, saying their actions helped prevent bloodshed in Crimea and ensure peaceful conditions for its referendum earlier this month. "The recent events in Crimea were a serious test, demonstrating the quality of the new capabilities of our military personnel, as well as the high moral spirit of the staff," Putin said at a ceremony attended by senior commanders.

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