(25 Jul 2010)
Sevastopol - 25 July, 2010
1. Warship flying Russian and Ukrainian flags
2. Mid of warship
3. Crowd, watching on seafront
4. Ukrainian and Russian navy officers, diplomats, with Boris Gryzlov, speaker of Russian State Duma (parliament)
5. Mid shot Gryzlov and officers
7. Beach assault vehicles with Russian flag leaving assault ship, firing
8. Close up, commander of Ukrainian navy forces Victor Maksimov (right) talking to commander of Russian Black Sea Fleet Vladimir Korolyov
9. Wide of spectators on sea front
10. SOUNDBITE (Russian) vox pop, Viktor Kopanitsa, Sevastopol resident:
"We have been waiting for this parade for a long time, and we've also been waiting for a long time for a warming in relations between Russia and Ukraine. And finally, we are seeing it. We hope that each year these relations will become warmer and warmer because we are one nation and the Black Sea Fleet is the one for us."
Kiev - 23 July, 2010
11. City centre
12. Close up, Ukrainian flag
13. Set up, office building, used by political analyst Vadym Karasyov
14. Karasyov reading nrewspaper
15. Mid of the same
16. Cutaway, globe
17. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Vadym Karasyov, political analyst:
"Today, some sort of informal co-dominion of Russia-Ukraine's joint management and presence in the Crimea, particularly in Sevastopol, is being currently formed. One could say one Crimea for two countries. Russia's Black Sea Fleet is a very serious factor in Russia's presence in the Crimea, and Ukraine as a whole."
Sevastopol - 25 July, 2010
18. Troops with Russian state and navy flags marching
19. Various, spectators on sea front
20. Water display, warship firing gun
21. Wide of war ship with navy flags
Thousands of people in Sevastopol, the Ukrainian city in Crimea which is also a major Russian naval base, marked Russian Navy Day on Sunday.
All the ships of the Russian Black Sea Fleet based there took part in a seaborne naval parade and crowds lined the waterfront for a dramatic show of strength and firepower.
A Ukrainian frigate, the Getman Sagaidachny, led the festive flotilla, together with Russian escort destroyers.
Political experts believe the show marked more than just a summer afternoon's spectacle, and that the occasion had a special significance for diplomats on both sides of the frosty exchanges that have characterised Kiev-Moscow relations for several years.
Vadym Karasyov, a political analyst, says that although Russia has formally recognised formally Ukraine's independence it still acts as if the Crimea, or at the part around, Sevastopol where Russian naval base is located, still belongs to Russia.
"Today, some sort of informal co-dominion of Russia-Ukraine's joint management and presence in the Crimea, particularly in Sevastopol, is being currently formed. One could say one Crimea for two countries. Russia's Black Sea Fleet is a very serious factor in Russia's presence in the Crimea, and Ukraine as a whole," he said.
Three months ago Ukrainian opposition lawmakers threw eggs and set off a smoke bomb during a chaotic parliamentary vote on extending Russia's lease of the Crimean naval port for the Black Sea Fleet.
The countries' presidents agreed in April to extend the Russian navy's use of the Sevastopol port for another 25 years when the present lease expires in 2017.
The deal is the most concrete sign of Russia's renewed influence in Ukraine since Viktor Yanukovych became president in February.
Yanukovych replaced Viktor Yushchenko, who tried to bring his country out of Moscow's shadow and integrate more closely with Western Europe.
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