The West is paying the price for failing to face down Putin on Crimea annexation

By H.E. Natalia Galibarenko and Dr Andrew Foxall

Five years ago today, Russia annexed Crimea. It was the first time a European state had seized territory from another since World War Two. And it was the second time in six years that Russia had carved up one of its neighbours.

In late February 2014, Russia sent its armed forces – masked and dressed in unmarked uniforms – into Crimea, a strategically-important peninsula in the south of Ukraine. Ukraine’s Russian-backed president, Viktor Yanukovych, had already fled the country after being toppled by pro-democracy demonstrators. These armed forces quickly asserted control over the peninsula.


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