Ukraine crisis: why Russia sees Crimea as its naval stronghold ~ Alan Yuhas and Raya Jalabi, theguardian.com.
We explain what’s up with Russia’s naval base in Crimea, a brief history of the peninsula, the Tatars and Peter the Great.
On Thursday, Crimean ministers held a vote in their regional parliament to join the Russian Federation and secede from Ukraine, and to organize a referendum on the issue for 16 March. The move comes as international tensions continue to mount…
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