Causes of Crimea's Conflict

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Recently, a new conflict arises in Crimea, a Ukrainian territory, which is at a cusp of a civil war. In addition, Crimea has become a peak of political tension between Russia and Ukraine, ethnic tension among Russians, Ukrainians, and Tartars, and resistance between West and East. The recent situation is questionable for the future of Europe, if the conflict will end up with peace or a new Great War. Decisions made during the Cold War, a broken promise from the Ukrainian president, the police attack on protestors, and Russian invasion have contributed to the crisis in Crimea. The first cause of Crimea crises derives from the Cold War. During the Cold War, Crimea was part of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics as most of the Eastern Europe with Josef Stalin as a leader. The wheat fields of Ukraine were valuable for Josef Stalin to leave them to Ukraine. In 1944, Josef Stalin started the collectivization campaign and deported to Central Asia twelve percent of the Tatar population of Crimea, with almost half of them dying from starvation, thirst, and illness, and replaced them with the Russian population (Varettoni). Ukraine went through two famines and the counter-kulak campaign that resulted in the hunger-extermination, which was the serial starving of Ukraine by the Soviets, and estimated range from two-and-a-half to seven-and-a-half million killed (Thieme). After Josef Stalin’s death, Nikita Khrushchev, who was born in a small village in Ukraine, became the leader of the USSR. In 1954, Nikita Khrushchev decided to donate Crimea to Ukraine to ease some of Ukraine’s misery. Khrushchev never thought that one day, USSR would dissolve and Ukraine would change to a sovereign country. In the present days, the donation of Crimea to U... ... middle of paper ... ...fered Mr. Yanukovich fifteen billion dollars not to sign the agreement with European Union (Herszenhorn). The West Ukrainian people felt betrayed and protests exploded worst in Kiev, Ukrainian capital. Works Cited Herszenhorn, David M. "How It All Began: A Cold War Battle Heats Up." The New York Times. The New York Times, 22 Feb. 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. Sanchez, Ray. "Cold War-style Conflict Hits Ukraine's Crimea: 3 Things to Know." CNN. Cable News Network, 01 Mar. 2014. Web. 19 Mar. 2014 Siad, Hashem. "Caution IconAttention." Map: Russian Language Dominant in Crimea. Al Jazeera America, LLC., 15 Mar. 2014. Web. 22 Mar. 2014. Thieme, Donald, Lt. Col. "USNI News." USNI News. U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE, 11 Mar. 2014. Web. 23 Mar. 2014. Varettoni, William. "Crimea's Overlooked Instability." Washington Quarterly 34.3 (2011): 87. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 16 Mar. 2014.

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