You are repeating Putin’s propaganda like a good useful idiot. What are you Putin lovers doing on FR?
1783: Russia annexed Crimea.
1853: The Crimean War began, lasting three years. Russia lost to an alliance of the Ottoman Empire, France, Britain and Sardinia. Crimea remained part of Russia.
1917: Crimea briefly became a sovereign state before becoming a base for the White Army of anti-Bolshevik forces in the Russian War.
1921: The peninsula, now called the Crimean Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic, became part of the Soviet Union.
1942: Nazi Germany took control of Crimea.
1944: Joesph Stalin forcibly deported all Muslim Tatars, a group of 300,000 who had lived on the peninsula for centuries, due to members alleged cooperation with Germany during World War II. Many returned to Crimea in the 1980s and 1990s.
1945: After World War II, the autonomous Soviet republic was dissolved and Crimea became a province of the Soviet Union called the Crimean Oblast.
1954: Russian Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred the Crimean Oblast to Ukraine. Its often reported that it was a gesture of goodwill from Khrushchev, who had Ukrainian roots.
1991: The Soviet Union collapsed. Many expected President Boris Yeltsin, the new president of the Russian Federation, to take Crimea for Russia. But he didnt bring it up during negotiations with Ukraine.
1997: Ukraine and Russia signed a treaty that allowed Russia to keep its fleet in Sevastopol. The agreements since been extended, so the fleet is set to remain there until at least 2042.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Please don't mistake a bone deep contempt for a crooked Chicago Marxist as support for another communist dictator wanna-be..
“repeating Putins propaganda like a good useful idiot. What are you Putin lovers doing on FR?”
How about recognizing that the EU, Obama, Soros, Kerry, Hillary, McCain, and the MSM didn’t suddenly get one right? You have a finely tuned antenna for Russian propaganda, but utterly miss it when its fed to you by our own side.