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.
In Saint Petersburg men are taking one-week courses on how to defend themselves with weapons. They fear global terrorism - which has led to an increase in nationalist feelings. It's been surging since Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. DW's Fanny Facsar had a peek at happens behind closed doors.
Ukrainian police say an ex-member of Russia's State Duma, Denis Voronenkov, has been killed by unidentified gunmen in Kyiv. Voronenkov had moved to Ukraine after complaining of persecution by Russian security agencies.