What is Ukraine’s Crimea?
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea is an independent republic of Ukraine. The Crimea peninsula is located in the Black Sea just to the south of Ukraine. To the East it is separated from Russia by only 3 miles of seas.
Under Ukraine laws, Crimea is considered an autonomous republic within Ukraine. They have their own parliament, constitution, and other government functions.
As Soviet territories, in 1992 Crimea and Ukraine became an independent country after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. In February 2014 during the uprising in Ukraine, Russia sent troops into Crimea and seized control of the government. After the seizure, a special referendum was held where voters overwhelming agreed to secede to Russia. However, Ukraine and the international community do not recognize this as a legitimate succession for Russia.
For more information on Crimea including its history, tourism and demographics, click here.