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Mar 27

Focus on Crimea: The Impact of Russia’s Aggression

On March 17, Russia officially annexed Crimea, a region of its neighbor Ukraine. This followed a three week Russian military occupation and an illegitimate rubber stamp referendum by Crimea's Russian-speaking population. The annexation has shocked European and U.S. governments and constitutes a territorial aggression not seen in Europe since World War II. The Russian government refers to Crimea's historical ties to Russia, yet Crimea is a region with a complex and often tragic history – including the mass deportation of the native Crimean Tartars by Joseph Stalin in 1944, a brutal act of ethnic cleansing that enabled him to resettle the region with ethnic Russians. Crimea's strategic value is indisputable. While it has been officially part of Ukraine since 1954, it contains the home port of Russia's warm water navy, an arrangement continued even after Ukraine gained its independence following the fall of the Soviet Union

Join us as our panel of experts explores the dimensions of the Crimean question, including the military and strategic questions this raises for NATO and the West; the huge propaganda bonanza it represents for Russian President Vladimir Putin; and the view from the people at the center of the turmoil in Crimea and Ukraine.

More About the Speakers

Mykola “Nikolay” Vorobiov
Ukrainian Journalist and Blogger

Ariel Cohen
Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Luke Coffey
Margaret Thatcher Fellow, The Heritage Foundation

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Helle C. Dale Helle C. Dale

Senior Fellow for Public Diplomacy Read More