Daniel Halliday
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Was Russia wrong to annex Crimea?
Amidst accusations of breaking international law and strong Russian sympathies in East Ukraine, was Russia wrong in annexing Crimea?
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Russia chose to intervene preemptively to stabilise a potential catastrophe
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This is all part of Russian expansionism and probably won’t stop at Crimea
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Yes, they broke international law in order to hastily secure more territory
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Russia chose to intervene preemptively to stabilise a potential catastrophe

Crimea has an ethnically Russian majority with 77% of the population speaking Russian. The diplomatic process would have lead to this point anyway but may have lead to a war of civil violence in the mean time. Russia was simply protecting Russian citizens living abroad by reclaiming this former Russian territory.

The vote to remove Yanukovych from office lacked the required three-quarter vote of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian parliament) to be a legitimate decision, and therefore remains illegal under Ukrainian law. The interim government and the one that followed are illegitimate governments and came to power illegally in a coup d’état. This understandably lead to protests and instability across Ukraine.

To have such an unstable region on its border posed a massive security issue for Russia. Due to being under Russian control for 400 years, most Eastern Ukrainians want to recognise and continue there historical links with Russia. So the decision was made recognising the will of the majority of people of the region, and Crimea was made a safer for a place, rather than falling into chaos. Since its annexation in 2014, efforts have been made to modernise infrastructure, with roads, hospitals and airports all being invested in by Russia.

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To have such an unstable region on its border posed a massive security issue for Russia. Due to being under Russian control for 400 years, most Eastern Ukrainians want to recognise and continue there historical links with Russia. So the decision was made recognising the will of the majority of people of the region, and Crimea was made a safer for a place, rather than falling into chaos. Since its annexation in 2014, efforts have been made to modernise infrastructure, with roads, hospitals and airports all being invested in by Russia.
This is all part of Russian expansionism and probably won’t stop at Crimea

Russia want to expand their already huge territory in a bid for further domination on the world stage. In return for swallowing up choice bits of real estate, Russia gains further resources under the guise of protecting its own people, while boosting its image as a powerful diplomatic and military force. This expansion was long planned and goes back to the days of the Soviet Union, when Russians were forcibly settled in the area in a bid to cause the Russification of Ukraine.

Ukraine has vast offshore oil and gas resources in the Black Sea, estimated to be tens of billions of cubic meters of gas alone. The annexation of Crimea followed Ukraine’s falling imports of Russian gas, and future plans of Russia to become a gas self-sufficient state by 2035. Coupled with the growing pro EU sentiment in Western Ukraine, Russia decided to take action and annex Crimea, not to prevent unrest but to gain a resource rich territory.

Similar Russian tactics to keep control of oil rich territories can be seen in areas such as Chechnya. Following the Second Chechen War terrorist separatist activity was increasing in the region, and the Russian government responded by holding a highly disputed referendum which ended in a 95.5% to reintegrate Chechnya with Russia. This was followed by a period of increased strikes against Chechen separatists that culminated in the deaths of separatist leaders Maskhadov and Basayev. The Kremlin then installed Ramzan Kadyrov, a authoritarian leader loyal to Putin. All this was orchestrated to control a region that has large but difficult to develop oil reserves, in addition to undeveloped geothermal and hydroelectric potential.

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Similar Russian tactics to keep control of oil rich territories can be seen in areas such as Chechnya. Following the Second Chechen War terrorist separatist activity was increasing in the region, and the Russian government responded by holding a highly disputed referendum which ended in a 95.5% to reintegrate Chechnya with Russia. This was followed by a period of increased strikes against Chechen separatists that culminated in the deaths of separatist leaders Maskhadov and Basayev. The Kremlin then installed Ramzan Kadyrov, a authoritarian leader loyal to Putin. All this was orchestrated to control a region that has large but difficult to develop oil reserves, in addition to undeveloped geothermal and hydroelectric potential.
Yes, they broke international law in order to hastily secure more territory

Russia utilised the civil unrest around the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 to bypassed the diplomatic process and installed a pro-Russian government. A snap referendum was held, international oversight was refused, and Russia officially declared Crimea part of Russian territory. Russia exploited the instability of the region, broke international law, and hence received wide spread international condemnation and sanctions.

The history of Russia mismanaging Crimea goes back to World War Two when Russia deported all of the ethnically Crimean Tatar people group to Uzbekistan. This example of ethnic cleansing was Stalin’s heavy handed attempt to deal with civil unrest in the area. It was during this time that Crimea was transferred and came to be known as a territory of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. Following Ukraines independence in 1991, Crimea was recognised to have autonomous status as part of Ukraine’s territory.

Instability swelled in the region following anti-Ukrainian demonstrations in 2009. This was amid accusations of the Russian government handing out Russian passports in Crimea, while declaring their intent to use military interventions abroad to protect Russian citizens. Crimea’s population is majority Russian as a result of former Soviet policy, with ethnic Ukrainians and Tatars forming minorities in the region.

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Russia utilised the civil unrest around the Ukrainian revolution in 2014 to bypassed the diplomatic process and installed a pro-Russian government. A snap referendum was held, international oversight was refused, and Russia officially declared Crimea part of Russian territory. Russia exploited the instability of the region, broke international law, and hence received wide spread international condemnation and sanctions.
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