4 Apr, 2014 | From Lidiya of Ukraine
THANK-YOU POSTCARD (POSTCROSSING)
The Republic of Crimea, officially part of Ukraine, lies on a peninsula stretching out from the south of Ukraine between the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov. It is separated from Russia to the east by the narrow Kerch Strait.
The Crimean crisis is an ongoing international crisis principally involving Russia and Ukraine. It involves the Crimean Peninsula, a multi-ethnic region which until February 2014 was administered by Ukraine as the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the administratively separate municipality of Sevastopol; both are populated by an ethnic Russian majority and a minority of both ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars. Currently, the Crimean Peninsula is controlled by the Russian Federation as the Crimean Federal District, a status which is not recognized by the United Nations. The crisis has also influenced riots on the Eastern and Southern regions of Ukraine.