The Crimean Crisis: History Repeats Itself

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Communism still lives in the Russian military’s takeover of the Crimean region of Ukraine. Nations stand idly by, watching, with little more than mild concern for the Ukrainians. However, it is the United Nation and NATO’s duty to recognize and defend Ukrainian sovereignty against the Russian incursion into Crimea. The Russians should not be allowed to have Crimea because Crimea is already a part of Ukraine. If no one intervenes, history will be repeated, and there will be war. Because of the historical mistreatment of Ukrainians by Russia, the United Nations and NATO should support Ukrainian sovereignty, which may ultimately prevent Russia from not only absorbing Crimea, but also the entire Ukrainian nation.
On February 27, 2014, pro-Russian troops seized control of much of the Crimean peninsula following the Ukrainian Revolution that overthrew the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych after months of protests. The military forces took control of the Crimean parliamentary and Council of Ministers buildings, ousted the prime minister appointed by Yanukovych, and replaced the Crimean flag with the Russian flag. Ukrainians look on in disbelief as military personnel began appearing all over the area. They were outraged that Russia would do something like that. Crimeans, on the other hand, welcomed the Russians with open arms. Crimean citizens pulled down Crimean flags all over the region, and replaced them with the flag of the Russian Federation. This is also not the first time in history an incident like this has occurred.
When Russia became Communist during World War I, they joined the newly formed Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. They immediately tried to get Ukraine to join the Soviet Union too, which it did. After Vladimir...

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