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A Russian flag hanging from the local parliament building reading "State council of the Crimean Republic" in Simferopol, Crimea.
Image: Vadim Ghidra/AP/picture alliance Image: Vadim Ghidra/AP/picture alliance


Crimea is a peninsula located on the northern coast of the Black Sea. Crimea became part of the newly independent Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union before Russia illegally annexed the territory in 2014.

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