The Russian three-mast ship Khersones sails during a parade as part of the Navy Day celebration in Sevastopol, Crimea, Ukrainian peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, on July 28, 2019.
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In December 2014, Serhiy Khodko, a local official under Moscow-installed authorities in Crimea, received a medal from Russia’s Defense Ministry “for the return” of the Ukrainian peninsula to Russian control.
Khodko, who has since passed away, was not only a deputy in the city council of the Crimean city of Kerch. He was also the director of a company called TIS Krym, which operates ferries from a Russian port across the Kerch Strait — and brought Russian personnel and hardware into Crimea as it seized and annexed the peninsula in March 2014.