Putin confirms that Russia will never return the stolen Crimea to Ukraine 06/05/2018 12:20:04. Total views 722. Views today — 0.

Russia will never return Crimea to Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview on the Austrian TV channel ORF during his visit to Austria.

"There are no such conditions and there can never be", - he said when asked what would need to happen in order for Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine.

He also once again stated that allegedly there was an "unconstitutional coup" in Ukraine.

"When the unconstitutional armed coup took place in Ukraine, and power changed hands by force, our army was legally deployed in Crimea - under the agreement on our military base there. The first thing we did was increase our contingent to guard our Armed Forces, our military facilities, because we immediately saw that they were being threatened. That is where it all began", - Putin said.