Sunday, October 05, 2008

Tensions build in Crimea

Many analysts believe that the Crimea in Ukraine could be the next flashpoint after the war in Georgia.

Ukraine itself is divided between those who want closer ties with the West and those who prefer to stay within Moscow's orbit. The pro-Western coalition in Parliament has collapsed forcing a dissolution of the government.

The Crimea has a large ethnic Russian population and it is believed that Moscow is offering Russian passports to many of them. The Crimea was the site of what many consider the first "modern war" between the Western European nations of France, the United Kingdom and Sardinia, who sided with the Ottoman Empire against the Russian Empire.

Voice of America

After Georgia war, eyes turn to Crimea
Houston Chronicle - 1 hour ago
By MARIA DANILOVA AP SERGEI CHUZAVKOV AP Pro-Russian activists in the Ukraine last month celebrate the anniversary of the 19th-century war over the Crimea, where about 35000 Russian troops were killed.
Yushchenko to dissolve parliament PRESS TV
Putin: Ukraine gave military aid to Georgia in war with Russia Christian Science Monitor

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