The pandemonium in the Ukrainian parliament over Tuesday’s vote to extend the lease of a Russian naval base on the Crimean peninsular underscores the emotional intensity surrounding a Russian military presence in the former Soviet state.
Crimean peninsula in the historically important city of Sevastopol. For Russians, Sevastopol is steeped in history. It has been home to a Russian naval base since czarist days and into the Soviet era. The city was the focus of the Crimean War between Russia and an alliance of Britain and France in the 1850s. During World War II, it turned into a symbol of resistance before the city fell to the Nazis.
Date created : 2010-04-27