World Bulletin/News Desk
Russia's defence minister told President Vladimir Putin on Friday that all Ukrainian servicemen loyal to Kiev had left Crimea and the Russian flag was flying over all military sites on the Black Sea peninsula.
"The recent events in Crimea were a serious test," Putin was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying.
"They demonstrated both the completely new capabilities of our Armed Forces and the high morale of the personnel."
He praised Russian troops for "avoiding bloodshed" in Crimea.
Russian forces took control of Crimea ahead of a referendum there this month in which residents voted overwhelmingly in favour of the region becoming part of Russia.
"The change in state symbols on all ships and in all divisions that have sided with the Russian army has been completed," Shoigu told Putin.Last Mod: 28 Mart 2014, 13:58