| #Ukraine crisis: why #Russia sees #Crimea as its naval stronghold!

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Ukraine crisis: why Russia sees Crimea as its naval stronghold ~ Alan Yuhas and Raya Jalabitheguardian.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.

• Follow today’s live developments.

• Ukraine’s revolution and Russia in Crimea: how we got here.

A view of the Russian navy Frigate
A view of the Russian navy Frigate ‘Pytlivyy’ docked in the port of Sevastopol. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte /AFP /Getty

• Recent events

• Why does Russia have a naval base in Crimea?

• A brief history of Crimea and Crimean Tatars

• Peter the Great gets his own section

Recent events

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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