During a big press-conference on the 19th of December 2013 Russian Federation president Vladimir Putin got a direct question from a journalist about a possibility of deployment of troops on the Crimean territory. Putin replied “ This is absolutely ridiculous. Nothing like this is happening nor will happen. The transcript of the press-conference including this statement is on Kremlin’s official website.
Nevertheless, currently there are Russian military and their equipment in Crimea. They are controlling local authorities and blocks Ukrainian military units. However, Mr. Putin and defense minister Sergey Shoygu state that there is no Russian military in Crimea, StopFake has already proved the opposite.