A man holds a placard reading: "I am Crimea."
Credit: Alexander Utkin

Many Russians and Russian-speaking residents of Crimea are partying this week. They're marking the first anniversary since President Vladimir Putin signed the decree that annexed the Black Sea peninsula from neighboring Ukraine. That move set off a seismic shift that shattered Russia's relations with Ukraine and Western powers.

Except for a handful of countries — including Syria, North Korea and Afghanistan — most of the world refuses to recognize Russia's peninsula grab and still sees Crimea as a Ukrainian territory. Try telling that to the jubilant revelers in this photo gallery photographed Wednesday by Getty and Agence France-Presse.

Still, there are some serious problems that have come with purportedly being part of Russia, as GlobalPost's Dan Peleschuk reports here.

People celebrate the first anniversary of Russia's signing of the decree to annex Crimea from Ukraine on Wednesday in Sevastopol, Crimea.
Credit: Alexander Aksakov
People celebrate the first anniversary of Russia's signing of the decree to annex Crimea from Ukraine on Wednesday in Sevastopol, Crimea.
Credit: Alexander Aksakov
A woman celebrates the first anniversary of Russia's signing of the decree to annex Crimea from Ukraine on Wednesday in Sevastopol, Crimea.
Credit: Alexander Aksakov
A woman celebrates the first anniversary of Russia's signing of the decree to annex Crimea from Ukraine on Wednesday in Sevastopol, Crimea.
Credit: Alexander Aksakov
People celebrate the first anniversary of Russia's signing of the decree to annex Crimea from Ukraine on Wednesday in Sevastopol, Crimea.
Credit: Alexander Aksakov
People celebrate the first anniversary of Russia's signing of the decree to annex Crimea from Ukraine on Wednesday in Sevastopol, Crimea.
Credit: Alexander Aksakov
Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a rally and a concert by the Kremlin Wall in Moscow on Wednesday to mark one year since he signed off on the annexation of Crimea.
Credit: Maxim Shipenkov
Supporters hold Putin posters in Moscow during Wednesday's Crimea celebration.
Credit: Alexander Utkin
People take part in a rally and a concert by the Kremlin Wall in central Moscow on Wednesday to mark one year since Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed off on the annexation of Crimea.
Credit: Alexander Utkin
A man holds a placard reading: "I am Crimea."
Credit: Alexander Utkin
A man holds a banner reading: "Russia and Crimea are together forever."
Credit: Dmitry Serebryakov

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