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 Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ukraine

Crimea is an autonomous republic of Ukraine located on the northern coast of the Black Sea, occupying a peninsula of the same name.

The territory of Crimea was conquered and controlled many times throughout its history. The Cimmerians, Greeks, Persians (Iranians), Goths, Huns, Bulgars, Khazars, the state of Kievan Rus', Byzantine Greeks, Kipchaks, and the Mongols all controlled Crimea in its early history. In the 13th century it was partly controlled by the Venetians and by the Genoese; these were followed by the Crimean Khanate and Ottoman Empire in the 15th18th centuries, the Russian Empire in the 18th20th centuries, the Russian SFSR and later Ukrainian SSR within Soviet Union in the rest of 20th century, Germany in World War II, and now, the independent Ukrainian state.

Crimea is a parliamentary republic which is governed by the Constitution of Crimea in accordance with the laws of Ukraine. The capital and administrative seat of the republic's government is the city of Simferopol, located in the center of the peninsula. Crimea's total area is 26,200 square kilometres (10,100 sq mi). As of 2007, Crimea has a population of 1,973,185 inhabitants.

Crimea is the homeland for the Crimean Tatars, an ethnic minority who now make up about 13% of the population. The Crimean Tatars were forcibly expelled to Central Asia by Joseph Stalin's government, but have begun returning to their homeland in recent years.

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Media outlets earlier reported that Sobchak would arrive in Russian-occupied Crimea on April 28 to participate in a business training event. "As scheduled, she is flying from Moscow to Kyiv on April 27-28, after that she is travelling to Kherson by car and then, she is getting to the border with Crimea. election
The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine strongly condemns the unlawful raids in the annexed Crimea and promises to submit the evidence of crimes of the ... As reported, large-scale raids on homes of Crimean Tatar entrepreneurs, patrons and activists took place in the occupied Crimea on Thursday morning. ol.

The new terminal called "Crimean Wave" at Simferopol International Airport opened for business in Crimea, Russia with a "Step Into the Future" entertainment ... So no surprise that Moscow Sheremetyevo-based Nordwind Airlines plans to boost Crimea service this summer and will fly to 27 destinations.
64 years ago, Crimea became part of Ukraine. The peninsula was destroyed in World War 2 and became desolate after the deportation of Crimean Tatars. The decree of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR outlined the economic advantages of transferring the peninsula to Ukraine. But Russian propaganda ...
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Ernesto Guevara, the youngest son of Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara who recently visited Moscow and made a trip across Crimea, has pointed out the peninsula's extremely promising prospects and dismissed Ukraine's sanctions against those traveling to Crimea, expressing ...
For the first time in four years since the occupation of the Crimean peninsula, a register of participants of the illegally formed armed formation called 'Self-defense of Crimea' has been formed. It includes complete data about 860 people, about people who made decisions and took part in the seizure ...

"Figures of Russian military presense in Crimea (compared to 2013): over 32,000 personnel against nearly 12,000 in the previous period; 40 main battle tanks this year against no Russian tanks [at the previous period] at all, 680 armored personnel carriers against 92; 174 various artillery systems ...
According to the source, Russia's Bastion and Bal coastal defense missile systems were deployed in Crimea. The command and staff training of the missile brigade of the Russian Black Sea Fleet is taking place on the training ground in Crimea. "The next stage of the exercise is the deployment of ...
MP Jaroslav Holik (Freedom and Direct Democracy, SDP) was banned from entry to Ukraine for five years on account of his participation in the celebration of the occupation of Crimea by Russia. The Crimean peninsula was annexed by Russia in March 2013. The majority of world countries, including ...
The Ukrainian national was detained during a border crossing routine at the Chonhar checkpoint, head of the prosecutor's office for Crimea Ihor Ponochovny told 112 Ukraine TV channel. "The individual will be informed that she is being suspected under Part 1 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code ... Putin
A new international airport started working in the city of Simferopol, the Crimea, on April 16. 0 comments 69 share ... The new airport in the Crimea was designed by South Korean company Samoo Architects & Engineers, which is known as one of the leading architectural companies in the world. To create a ... Putin
The delegation of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, under the auspices of Ukraine's Permanent Mission to the UN, plans to hold a side event dedicated to the temporarily occupied Crimea. "Crimean Tatars are represented at the event by deputy chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people ... Putin
Russia has prosecuted and imprisoned several Ukrainians on what rights activists say are trumped-up, politically motivated charges since Moscow seized control of the Crimea region in March 2014. In March 2017, the European Parliament called on Russia to free more than 30 Ukrainian citizens who were ... Putin
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine -- Ukrainian national Yevhen Panov pleaded not guilty to sabotage charges as a Russia-imposed court in annexed Crimea started his trial on April 16. Panov called the charges against him "fantasies created by the investigators" and rejected them. Russian authorities arrested ... Putin
Syrian president lands up on Ukraine's Myrotvorets database due to his children's visit to Crimea ... In keeping with the current Ukraine entry/exit rules, the only lawful way of entering Russian-occupied Crimea is to cross the administrative border between mainland Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula. Putin
Authorities in Ukraine's Russian-controlled Crimea region say five people were killed when a commuter train collided with a minibus on the peninsula. At least three other people were hospitalized with injuries following the April 8 accident, which occurred at a railway crossing in Crimea's northern city of ... Putin
They were related to the import of products produced in Crimea or Sevastopol, investment in Crimea or Sevastopol, tourism services, in particular, European cruise ships cannot call at ports of the Crimean peninsula, except in case of emergency. They are also applicable to exports of certain goods and ... Putin

Another delegation from Germany is expected to visit the annexed Crimea as part of the representatives of the parties "Left" and "Alternative for Germany". ... As reported, in April 2016 the Russian fund paid a trip to the annexed Crimea for German MEP from the right-populist party "Alternative for Germany" ... Putin
Nearly 3,000 firms owned by foreign investors, including European businesses, are currently working in Crimea, according to the head of the Russian region, Sergey Aksenov. The firms registered on the peninsula sealed 66 deals worth more than 68 billion rubles (US$1.19 billion). The official stressed that ... Putin
"Particular attention is paid to the task of ensuring the continued support of the world community for the policy of non-recognition of the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation and the need to strengthen international monitoring of the human ... Putin
A few days before Sunday's election in Russia, I travelled to Crimea, crossing the border from the Ukrainian mainland and drove to Sevastopol, a famed port city and the home of the Russian Navy's Black Sea Fleet. Sevastopol suffered heavy losses during the Soviet campaign in the Second World War, and ... Putin
Both the UA: First TV channel and STB TV have apologised, blaming technical difficulties. But Ukrainian deputy prime minister Vyacheslav Kyrylenko was among several to question the errors online. The Ukrainian public television channel UA: First broadcast a map of Ukraine excluding Crimea to illustrate ... Putin
"We all know that Russia has recently deployed the second battalion of the S-400 Triumph anti-aircraft missile system in Crimea, while the first battalion was deployed last spring. These systems are capable of destroying airplanes, drones, cruise and ballistic missiles within a range of up to 400 km," Zerkal ... Putin
It is recalled that the international community reacted sharply to Russia's actions in Crimea, and until this day, the EU continues to underline its non-recognition of Crimea as a part of Russia, and to oppose the violation of international law and failure to respect the territorial integrity of another state. Putin
President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko during a phone conversation expressed his gratitude to his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for supporting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and also urged not to recognize the results of presidential elections in Crimea, the press service of ... Putin
Crimea is, and will remain part of Ukraine," Mikser said. He stresses that Estonia condemns the holding of election by the Russian Federation in Crimea and Sevastopol and does not recognise their results. The Estonian foreign minister says that the occupying power continues to breach human rights and ... Putin
The Crimean peninsula had been an "abandoned territory" before it was annexed by Russia, Dmitry Polyansky, the Deputy Permanent Representative of Russia to UN, claimed during the session of the UN Security Council where the situation in occupied Crimea ahead of Russia's presidential election was ... Putin
On the eve of Russia's presidential election, government television here has been airing segments showing Crimeans what they would face if not for Russian President Vladimir Putin: rocket fire, grieving women and same-sex weddings. On a political show, the host warns that the West will use any sign of ... Putin
Crimea is the example "of successfully preventing the conflict and encouraging the free expression of the citizens' will." "This is the key priority of the UN today," the diplomat said. The Republic of Crimea and Sevastopol, a city with a special status on the Crimean Peninsula, where most residents are ... Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has thanked the residents of the annexed Crimean Peninsula, saying a 2014 referendum that led Moscow to seize the Black Sea region was "real democracy." Putin made the comments on March 14, four days ahead of Russia's presidential election, in a move that ... Putin
In a statement issued by his press office, Poroshenko called on all European partners and the world to react decisively to "the election farce Moscow is organizing this Sunday in the occupied territory of the Ukrainian Crimea -- on the fourth anniversary of the attempt to annex the Crimean peninsula." ... Putin
Since Russian troops began seizing government buildings in Crimea four years ago, the international community has become accustomed to encountering new acts of Russian aggression on an almost daily basis. Whether it is masked men in eastern Ukraine, a chemical weapons attack in the English ... Putin
"Crimea is an integral part of Russia, and the elections are held all across Russia, so talking about recognition or non-recognition [of the election] in a separate constituent part of the country probably means that the so-called representatives of the European Union call into question the election in the whole ... Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin insists the return of annexed Crimea to Ukraine is not possible under any circumstances. ... released by the Russian state broadcaster Pervy Kanal on December 20, 2015, Putin alleged that the West had brought Russia to the line when it was decided to "get Crimea back.". Putin
Ukraine won't recognize the results of the invalid elections of the Russian president in the occupied Crimea, will impose sanctions against those involved in their organization, and calls on the European Union to take similar steps, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said. “In the context of the ... Putin
President Putin will hold a defiant rally in Crimea tomorrow, shrugging off EU sanctions against Russia that were extended yesterday over its continued occupation of the peninsula. The Russian leader is seeking to tap into patriotic fervour and boost turnout in the presidential election on Sunday, when he ... Putin
The amount of the claim filed by Naftogaz Ukrainy and its six subsidiaries to the tribunal under the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague in connection with the seizure of assets in Crimea, taking into account interest, already reaches $8 billion, Chief Commercial Director of Naftogaz Yuriy Vitrenko ... Putin
Therefore, the Mejlis sums up that "Crimean Tatars will not take part in the illegal election on March 18, 2018, which will be conducted by the Russian invaders in the temporarily occupied Crimea." The Mejlis will continue to support the Crimean Tatar people, as well as other residents of Crimea, regardless ... Putin
Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko says the Main Military Prosecutor's Office of the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has sent indictments to the chairman and 18 judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation as part of the case of the annexation of Crimea by Russia. Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin is scheduled to visit Crimea on March 14, the last day of his presidential election campaign, in order to attend events linked to the fourth anniversary of the widely rejected referendum Russia staged when it annexed the region from Ukraine. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry ... Putin
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is traveling to Kyiv on March 11 for talks with top Ukrainian government officials, ahead of the fourth anniversary of Russia's seizure of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula. During her two-day working visit, Mogherini is to meet with President Petro Poroshenko, Prime ... Putin
Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Georgy Muradov, who is also the Russian President's permanent envoy to Crimea, has described Ukrainian MP Refat Chubarov's plans for the peninsula as unfeasible. Chubarov heads the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, which Russia has banned for extremism. Putin
"What, have you gone mad?" he told a journalist who asked him if there were any circumstances under which the Russian leader would be ready to give up Crimea. "There are no such circumstances and never will be," he said in the new two-hour documentary "Putin". It was published on the social media ... Putin
On the day Olga Skripnik fled her home in Crimea, many of her fellow Crimeans were celebrating. On March 16, 2014, separatist leaders in the Ukrainian province rushed through a referendum on joining Russia in violation of Ukraine's constitution. The controversial measure, which few countries ... Putin
Special representative of the president and government of the Republic of Turkey, interior minister of Turkey Suleiman Soylu said this at the 11th Kyiv Security Forum, organized by Arseniy Yatsenyuk's The Open Ukraine Foundation, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. "The annexation of Crimea is ... Putin
"The UNESCO Executive Council has just made an important decision regarding Crimea. In fact, this is an opportunity to deploy in Crimea a monitoring mission and struggle for the rights of education, science, and protection of cultural monuments, including the Khan Palace," Ukraine's top diplomat wrote ... Putin
Now we're going to check in on Crimea. Four years ago, Russia annexed the Ukrainian province, the first time since World War II that one European country seized territory from another. NPR's Moscow correspondent Lucian Kim covered the annexation in 2014, and now he has returned to Crimea to see ... Putin
Four years ago, Russia's armed aggression in Crimea commenced. On February 21, Russia's Black Sea Fleet brought in reinforcements to the peninsula – in addition to the already deployed units, which prepared to seize power in Crimea. According to former Russian lawmaker Ilya Ponomarev, ... Putin
Poroshenko also pointed out that Russia had been recognized as the aggressor back in March 2014, when the UN General Assembly resolution had condemned the illegal annexation of Crimea, being the integral part of Ukraine, by Russia. There are numerous evidence of Russia's hybrid war against the ... Putin
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has spoken in detail about his trip to Crimea in late February 2014, when he was a Ukrainian People's Deputy, noting that he personally saw the so-called "little green men" [aka Russian troops without insignia] near the building of the Supreme Council of Crimea, ... Putin


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