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.
People in Crimea are experiencing unusual symptoms after reports of an incident at a titanium plant. Authorities claim there is no threat to public health on the peninsula, but children have nonetheless been evacuated.
Back in 2014 when Russia introduced counter-sanctions to Europe and America banning all Western food following the annexation of Crimea, Oleg Sirota saw an opportunity to fulfill his dream of becoming a cheesemaker, while revitalising the Russian countryside.
Russia blocked dairy imports from the EU four years in retaliation for sanctions imposed over the annexation of Crimea — and created a domestic cheese industry overnight. About 200 cheesemakers gathered at the Istra Cheese Festival hoping to find new markets, pick up business tips and sell some of the 30 tonnes of cheese they will bring with them. Dan Ashby reports.