THE Crimea peninsula was annexed from Ukraine by Russia in February-March 2014. The annexation was accompanied by a military intervention by Russia that took place in the wake of the 2014 Ukranian revolution. What does annexing mean? To annex means to attach, append or add usually to something larger. The term is used to describe attaching, joining or uniting in a physical sense. In this case it is the addition of an area to a country. Therefore the region of Crimea became part of Russia. Why did Russia annex Crimea? The conflict in 2014 was the worst crisis in East-West relations since the Cold War which escalated after Ukraine’s pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych was driven from power after violent protests. Forces backed by Moscow, seized control of the Crimea, which has a Russian-speaking majority, and the people voted to join Russia in a referendum which was deemed illegal by Ukraine and the West. The region has been hotly-contested for centuries with Russia annexing Crimea during the reign of Catherine the Great in 1783 and it remained part of Russia until 1954. It was given autonomous republic status within Russia after the Bolshevik revolution. During World War II it was occupied by… Read full this story
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