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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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Moscow, June 24 (Xinhua) -- Russia President Vladimir Putin visited Crimea on Saturday after the United States imposed new sanctions on Moscow earlier this week over its alleged actions in Ukraine.
Turkish companies are actively launching work in Crimea, Chairman of Permanent Commission of Crimean Supreme Council on Health-Resort Complex, Tourism and Enterprise Aleksey Chernyak told Sputnik Saturday.
Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the defence services, has paid a visit to the Crimean Peninsula to inspect Russian anti-shipping submarines.
Russian president Vladimir Putin on Saturday visited Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula Moscow annexed in 2014, a trip quickly denounced by Kiev as a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty.
Crimean authorities may have breached international laws by ordering a Jehovah's Witness to prove he has abandoned his faith before being drafted into the occupying Russian army, according to a human rights monitor.
"We would like that the towns of the Crimean Peninsula and those of the south of France establish sister-city relationships," Chairman of the regional branch of the French party National Centre of Independents and Peasants (CNIP) Hubert Fayard was ...
Moscow, June 24. /TASS/. President Vladimir Putin is expected to visit Crimea and the international summer camp for children Artek located there.
Crimea's history is indeed a troubled one. The Republic of Crimea, which is located on the ancient Crimean Peninsula, has been a part of the Ukrainian Soviet socialist Republic inside the Soviet Union in 1954-1991 and a region inside independent ...
A Crimean member of the Jehovah's Witnesses has been ordered to prove he has renounced his faith or else take up arms for the occupying Russian army.
Eleven of the newly penalized individuals and entities operate in the province of Crimea, which Moscow invaded and annexed in 2014; they include the Russia-designated state prosecutor.
Semena faces up to five years in prison if convicted by Russia, which has jailed several people from Crimea who opposed or have criticized Moscow's 2014 seizure of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine.
SIMFEROPOL (Sputnik) - Chinese tour agencies have suggested the organization of multi-city trips to Russia, which would include travel to the Crimean Peninsula, Crimean First Deputy Tourism Minister Igor Kotlyar said Wednesday. "It may be a 10-day ...
SIMFEROPOL -- The trial of a Crimean Tatar leader who has criticized Russia's seizure of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine resumed on June 21.
Russia on Wednesday cancelled a meeting planned between its officials and the U.S. that was aimed at resolving problems between the two countries.
The resolution of the Council of the EU was published in the Official Journal of the European Union yesterday. This category of sanctions includes prohibitions on imports of products originating in Crimea or Sevastopol into the EU, investment in Crimea ...
Ukrainian activist Natalya Kharchenko says she has fled the Russian-annexed Ukrainian region of Crimea, fearing for her safety.
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An EU extension to sanctions against Moscow could lead to a new arms race, according to the chief executive of Russia's VTB Bank.
The Security Service of Ukraine said later that the detained Russian servicemen had previously served in the Ukrainian army and after Crimea's reunification with Russia went to serve in the Russian army. Criminal proceedings have been initiated against ...
Russian travel agents have seen sales of package holidays to Crimea fall by almost a third, new data has revealed. Read more here.
With Crimea continuing to lack fresh water, an international group of scientists is being created in the Czech Republic which accumulated enough experience in irrigation works.
"As of June 19, 2017, according to the structural units of social protection at regional and city administrations, 1,586,709 internally displaced persons were registered or 1,276,743 families from Donbas and Crimea," reads the report. The ministry also ...
The implementation of the federal program is ineffective, the Accounting Chamber's management wrote in a letter on the audit results to Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak.
European Union chiefs have backed maintaining sanctions intended to punish Russia for the annexation of Crimea.
At a meeting in Luxembourg, the ministers agreed to prolong by a year measures that prohibit EU companies from doing business in Crimea and the city of Sevastopol. The sanctions target investments and tourism in Crimea as well as imports of products ...
The extension of the EU sanctions against the Crimea is a manifestation of the totalitarian thinking of Western leaders who do not accept the free choice of the peoples of the republic, the head of Crimea Sergey Aksenov said. "It is an embarrassment ...
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Foreign Ministers of member countries of the European Union, without discussions, have prolonged the current sanctions against the Crimea for a year, ...
The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia for a year over its annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014.
Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, President of the World Crimean Tatar Congress, MP Refat Chubarov, is convinced that Crimea annexed by Russia will be returned to control of Ukraine. He said that persons who started living in the ...
By Anastasia Lyrchikova and Gleb StolyarovMOSCOW, June 16 (Reuters) - Russia has disclosed for the first time it has been looking to install equipment made by German firm Siemens
Pre-assembly of the Crimea Bridge's railway arch span has been completed at the Kerch coast's construction site, says Crimean Bridge information center.
RICHMOND (Sputnik) - The United States should recognize that Crimea has chosen to be part of Russia and immediately lift sanctions against Moscow, Popular Resistance activist group Co-Director Kevin Zeese told Sputnik at a national antiwar conference ...
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Moscow (Reuters) - Construction of a bridge to connect mainland Russia with Crimea is on schedule, Russian president Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and is supporting pro-Russia insurgents in Eastern Ukraine, leading Western nations to place sanctions on Moscow.
Serbian director and musician Emir Kusturica and his folk and rock band The No Smoking Orchestra will put on the first and only concert in Crimea on July 23, the event's organizers said. "The performance by the world-famous band will be held in Yalta.
'Daily Mail' changed its mind over "Russian" Crimea, because Crimea is Ukraine," the report reads.
SIMFEROPOL, June 14. /TASS/. Renowned Serbian director and musician Emir Kusturica and his folk and rock band The No Smoking Orchestra will put on the first and only concert in Crimea on July 23, the event's organizers said on Wednesday.
And if we see a threat to our territory - and the Crimea is our territory - we, like any state, will defend our territory with all means available to us," Putin told US filmmaker Oliver Stone in a third part of the interview broadcast by the Showtime ...
Ukraine has banned top Russian boxer Georgy Kushitashvili from entering the country for the European Boxing Championships because he had visited Crimea, Ukrainian and Russian officials said on June 14. Kushitashvili was one of nine members of a ...
On Wednesday, June 14, the third Open Air jazz event will be held on Mykhailivska Square in Kyiv, in front of the building of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine.
Sberbank's chief executive recently again excluded the possibility of Russia's biggest lender establishing any presence in Crimea in the foreseeable future. Extending its business to Crimea, a Black Sea peninsula annexed by Russia from Ukraine, would ...
The UKrainian Embassy in the UK has issued a sharp criticism of the Daily Mail, which ran a story effectively recognizing the city of Sevastopol and the Crimean Peninsula as Russian territory. On Monday, the Daily Mail ran a small piece about a WWII ...
Russian president Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Kazakh counterpart Nursultan Nazarbaev as they attend the opening of the Expo 2017 in Astana on ...
Poklonskaya explained the refusal to show her apartment in Simferopol by the fact that it was her service apartment, which she had been granted in May 2014 when holding the post of the prosecutor of Crimea. However, Poklonskaya stressed that she still ...
Simferopol, Russia, June 12 (Prensa Latina) Crimea must show itself with its virtues and difficulties, based on direct contact with that region, rather than by manipulated comments from the Western press, said Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria ...
The newspaper published a story on Monday about the detonation of a World War II-era bomb in Crimea. "The dramatic incident took place in the port city of Sevastopol on the Crimean Peninsula, in south-western Russia," it read. One of Russian readers of ...
ALUSHTA, Crimea, June 11. /TASS/. First international media forum 'Open Crimea: On Your Own' beginsm on Sunday in the Crimean beach city of Alushta.





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