Crimea gains center stage in ongoing Ukraine-Russia conflict
Crimea, a small peninsula in the Black Sea coast, has suddenly become the bone of contention – the center of attention in
the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. Though geographically, it belongs to Ukraine, it essentially has a majority of ethnic Russians or Russian speaking people, totaling nearly 2.3 million.
Over the past few weeks, the Russians in Crimea have begun to publicly support Russia rather than Ukraine, demanding to be separated from Ukraine. This call for separatism has strengthened after the fall of Victor Yanukovych, the erstwhile president of Ukraine. Crimean Russians are now hoisting Russian flags, plastering them over important buildings in the city, and showing allegiance to Russia.
During this week, pro-Russia militia who are said to be close to Russian forces have taken over the airports Sevastopol and Simferopol in Crimea. The Ukrainian interior minister in charge of home affairs has gone to the extent of accusing Russian naval forces stationed in the Black Sea of aiding these militia men. Ever since Yanukovych’s fall, the situation has deteriorated and led to even unofficial reports that Russia helicopters have started making their landfall at Crimea.
The Ukrainian parliament has called in for a meeting to discuss the events panning out in the week.
Ukraine has already been facing internal conflicts with respect to the political scenario after its government issued an arrest warrant against Yanukovych who fled the scene and is now said to be in Russia where he will soon be holding a press conference. Yanukovych still claims to be the president of Ukraine lawfully.
Russia has been playing its own game, giving humanitarian aid to the local Crimean government and stopping further loans to Ukraine, which is in deep financial trouble. Previously, Crimea was transferred to Ukraine from Russia in 1954. However, Ukraine consisting of ethnic Ukrainians and Muslim Tatars and vowed to fight back.
Last Updated on: October 25th, 2017