In order to understand the conflict, some geographical and historical background is necessary. Crimea is a peninsula situated in the Black Sea, located south of Ukraine and west of the Russian region Kuban. It is connected to Ukraine by the Isthmus of Perekop, a narrow 4 mile strip of land, and separated from the Kuban region by the Kerch Strait, a 2 mile wide strait. (Haaretz, 2014) The area of the peninsula is around 10,000 square miles and is the only autonomous region in Ukraine, with Simferopol as its capital. It...
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