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Crimea: A Look Inside the New Russian Territory

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Days after Ukraine’s president was toppled from power during the Euromaidan revolution, Russian soldiers and local proxies took control of the strategically important Crimean peninsula and surrounded Ukrainian troops in their bases. Unhappy with the change in government in Kiev and using the unfounded fear of the Russian language being restricted, Russia made a bid for control in the region.

Following an illegal and fraudulent referendum on whether Crimea would become a part of Russia or not, Russia then formally annexed the peninsula — a move which was widely condemned by the international community. Russia had, in one quick and mostly bloodless takeover, reminded the world of its power, and made the West in its poor handling of the situation appear weak.

VICE News headed to Crimea to see how the change in rulers has gone down with the local population. Some residents welcomed Russia and the prospect of a greater economic future, while others feared losing their freedom to speak out, and did not like the idea of becoming pawns in Russia’s military muscle flexing.

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22 thoughts on “Crimea: A Look Inside the New Russian Territory

  1. Vice you are going to the worst People that hate Russia and ask that they like that they are in Russian control, you Vice are spreading Russia phobia.

  2. The people of Crimea voted to be part of Russia, as we know. I am originally from Batesville somewhere in the deep south. Today I am away. In 1783, Queen Catherine the great decided to liberate some Turkish ruled kingdoms that were ruled for a number of centuries by the Ottomaan empire. These video makers and reporters are probably up to no good.
    Few American lawmakers with no knowledge of the old world seem to oppose Russians for no reason. The modern day American people / lawmaker is naive, and think just like the native American dead leaders, such as Pocahoncho and Sitting Bull and Pontiac. . Few American lawmakers are upset with Queen Catherine the great as she created a country called Ukraine in 1783 in the villages surrounding Kiev, while putting predominantly Russian speaking Crimea into Russia in 1783. I think she did the right thing by putting Crimea in Russia. A couple of lawmakers in the western hemisphere may try stunts such as by complaining to native American ex – leader Pontiac about Queen Catherine's correct decision to put predominantly Russian speaking tiny Crimea back into Russia in 1783.

  3. If they want to be Russian, why don’t they just move to Russia 🙄. We have the same problem here in Ireland. If the people of Northern Ireland want to be British, hop over the Irish Sea and stay there in Britain. It will make life for all of us a hole lot easier. We wouldn’t be having all these unnecessary wars.

  4. Good. The Americans shouldn't have tried to illegally overthrow the legitimate Ukrainian government… That's how it all started. Russia is only responding to US aggression!

  5. Такое пиздобольство! У меня пол семьи в Крыму, никого не принуждали паспорта получать, никто не заставлял голосовать на референдуме, знаю это изнутри! Долбанная пропаганда!

  6. Pro European revolution ! It was a US engineered coup that overthrew a democratically elected government in Ukraine and put Nazi thugs in power.. Russia taught the USA a good lesson .

  7. Perhaps if America hadn't created a coup which removed a democratically elected government and replaced it with a Nazi regime which was creating genocide against Russian speaking people there would have been no need for Russia to protect it's own people.

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