Crimea: A Look Inside the New Russian Territory

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Days after Ukraine’s president was toppled from power during the Euromaidan revolution, Russian soldiers and local proxies took control of the strategically important Crimean peninsula and surrounded Ukrainian troops in their bases. Unhappy with the change in government in Kiev and using the unfounded fear of the Russian language being restricted, Russia made a bid for control in the region.

Following an illegal and fraudulent referendum on whether Crimea would become a part of Russia or not, Russia then formally annexed the peninsula — a move which was widely condemned by the international community. Russia had, in one quick and mostly bloodless takeover, reminded the world of its power, and made the West in its poor handling of the situation appear weak.

VICE News headed to Crimea to see how the change in rulers has gone down with the local population. Some residents welcomed Russia and the prospect of a greater economic future, while others feared losing their freedom to speak out, and did not like the idea of becoming pawns in Russia's military muscle flexing.





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You know things are bad when McDonald's are closing down.

Author — Big Ray

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This looks more like the work of Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty etc.

Author — Howard Selby

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Salvation Army in Russia, missed opportunity to call it slavnation Army

Author — Loopssak

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I used to live in Crimea, Alupko (now study on the US). All the people in my home town are very happy to finally be back in Russia (Crimea was always Russia, since Russo-Turk war). Say whatever you want about Russia, but it's actually better in Crimea now.

Author — Bogdan V

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Bridge connecting Crimea and Russia will be completed by end of 2018.

Author — Belarus-chan

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I want to help that old lady, that breaks my heart to see that

Author — Jim Drezon

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2:57 haha that psychologist is soooo done with that dude who just barges in the interview lol

Author — Anthony D’Amico

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I've been there 6 times and love it. I am very happy for them.

Author — Mark Schuckert

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"Who are Russia's neighbours? whoever Russia chooses..." big words that you cannot sustain.

Author — Awesomely Sarcastic

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"I overslept and had some things to do" hahaha don't try and hide it, you had somebody to do

Author — Schmuel Goldstein

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3:23 thats my username and my name in real life 😂😂😂😂😂

Author — RandomAndrei 101

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That guy was so funny 😂 “you need to be killed “

Author — Alana Garisson

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Ahhhh nostalgia for the good ol’ Soviet Union. It just warms my apple pie heart.

Author — Chuck W

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A golden age will come? Maybe, but it will be more of a chinese age not a russian one :P

Author — Valivali94

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"I didn't vote, I slept in then had other things to do". Pathetic.

Author — ApriliaRSV4F

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2:26 till 3:52 Heyy VICE News .., You have to take responsibility for Andrei's lost life.
His lies and your lies just bring disaster ONLY.

Author — Pecandu Youtube

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2:26 till 3:52 Heyy VICE News .., You have to take responsibility for Andrei's lost life.
His lies and your lies just bring disaster ONLY.

Author — Pecandu Youtube

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"New russian territory" The first lie is on the title mates.

Author — Vital Mendoza

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I sense another Cold War. I wonder what is next. Ukraine in its entirety? What if 51% the Lithuanians vote for a referendum? And the Poles? Finns? Estonians? How far is Russia willing to go to reclaim the glory days of the USSR? I can see it now, 2050: Berlin Wall II is erected. 

Author — The Mean Conservative

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3:25 "*Passport blyat*" lmao

Author — Rocky Do