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Federal Cities of Russia
city of federal importance  (  Russian: , tr. gorod federalnogo znacheniya) or in federal city Russia is a city that has a status of both an inhabited locality and a constituent federal subject.
The Russian Federation is divided into eighty-five federal subjects, three of which are federal cities. Two of them are
the largest cities in the country: Moscow, the national capital; and Saint Petersburg, a previous Russian capital and important port on the Baltic Sea. The third and newest federal city,  Sevastopol, is in the disputed region of Crimea, which was annexed by the Russian Federation in 2014 but is recognised as Ukrainian territory by most of the international community. 
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"A General data of the region". Sevastopol City State Administration. Archived from the original on February 11, 2014 . Retrieved 2014.
^ The territory of Crimea, including the city of Sevastopol, is currently disputed. Since February 2014, Crimea has been under
de facto Russian control, however Ukraine and most countries recognise Crimea as part of Ukraine.