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Crimea

Crimea

Peninsula in the black sea

Crimea is a peninsula along the northern coast of the Black Sea in Eastern Europe. It has a population of 2.4 million, made up mostly of ethnic Russians with significant Ukrainian and Crimean Tatar minorities. The peninsula is almost entirely surrounded by both the Black Sea and the smaller Sea of Azov; it is located south of Kherson Oblast in Ukraine, to which it is connected by the Isthmus of Perekop, and west of Krasnodar Krai in Russia, from which it is separated by the Strait of Kerch though linked by the Crimean Bridge since 2018. The Arabat Spit is located to its northeast, a narrow strip of land that separates a system of lagoons named Sivash from the Sea of Azov. Across the Black Sea to the west lies Romania and to the south is Turkey.

The status of Crimea is disputed. In late February 2014, following the 2014 Ukrainian revolution that ousted the Ukrainian president, Viktor Yanukovych, Russian troops were deployed to Crimea, occupying government buildings. The Republic of Crimea declared its independence from Ukraine following a disputed referendum on 16 March, deemed illegal by Ukraine and most countries, which was held on the issue of reunification with Russia; its official results showed over 90% support for reunification; however, the vote was boycotted by many loyal to Ukraine. Russia formally annexed Crimea on 18 March, incorporating the Republic of Crimea and the federal city of Sevastopol as the 84th and 85th federal subjects of Russia. Despite its annexation, Crimea was considered by most countries of the world in a UN resolution of March 2014 to remain part of Ukraine. Polls show that a large majority of the residents of Crimea support the annexation

Timeline

February 10, 2014
Accession of Crimea to the territory of the Russian Federation

Further Resources

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A History Of Crimea In Five Minutes

Web

March 11, 2014

Life Inside Putin's Crimea

Web

December 9, 2019

News

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Author
Date
Publisher
Description
Dominic Nicholls
June 23, 2021
The Telegraph
The Ministry of Defence dismissed the reports that warning shots were fired at HMS Defender, insisting it was a routine gunnery exercise
MARCIA DUNN
April 23, 2021
news.yahoo.com
Musk met with the astronauts before they headed to the pad, wishing them well from a safe social distance. SpaceX aimed for a split-second liftoff at 5:49...
April 22, 2021
The Economic Times
The manoeuvres were described as the largest since Russia annexed the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine in 2014 and threw its weight behind separatist insurgents in eastern Ukraine.
Reuters
April 22, 2021
The Telegraph
The concentration of forces in Crimea, which Russia seized from Ukraine in 2014, is part of a much bigger deployment of Russian troops
April 16, 2021
The Economic Times
The Kerch Strait is a crucial part of the regional grain trade connecting the Azov sea with the Black Sea. The area is also close to military drills which Moscow and Kyiv held simultaneously this week.
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