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Yalta, the symbol of a new Cold War?

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Seventy years ago, in February 1945, the Yalta Conference was held in Crimea, on the shores of the Black Sea. A few months before the end of World War II, Roosevelt, Churchill and Stalin divided up Europe, effectively setting the stage for the Cold War. Today, Crimea, annexed by Moscow last year after a referendum deemed illegal by Kiev and the West, is again the focus of international tensions.

Like the rest of Russia, the peninsula has been hit by Western sanctions. Almost all Western companies have left the region. Tourism is suffering, especially in the seaside resort of Yalta, where the economy is foundering, and both the Tatar minority and those who support a return to Ukraine are questioning their future in Crimea. Our reporters went to meet them.

By François LESCALIER , Charles BOBE

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