Crimea is a peninsula located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. With the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Crimea became part of the newly independent Ukraine, leading to tensions with neighboring Russia.
In 1954, Crimea was transferred to the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic as a symbolic gesture by Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Crimea became part of the independent Ukraine. Russia's Black Sea Fleet is stationed in Sevastopol and the southern tip of the peninsula continues to be a Russian stronghold in the region. Throughout the last decades, tensions between the two neighbors have occasionally flared, but nothing like the escalation and mobilization of troops in March 2014. Since then, at least de facto if not de jure, the territory has been under Russian control. Recent DW stories tagged Crimea are collated here.
Yalta is unquestionably a beautiful city. But nowadays tourists are rare. Last year's hotel occupancy rate was 70 percent down on previous years. Businesses and restaurants have had to close down. However some place their hopes on rich Russians.
NATO's head has called for Washington and Brussels to continue sanctioning Russia in a bid to end conflict in Ukraine. His comments come as the Russian president visited Crimea to mark the anniversary of its annexation.
Ever since Crimea was taken over by Russia in 2014, Crimean Tatars have been among the staunchest critics of the annexation. As a result, some have disappeared or were forced to leave Crimea, others are on trial. Now Aishe Seitmuratova, a former Soviet dissident who lived through deportation, Soviet labour camps and many years in exile during the Cold War, speaks out.