Russia-Ukraine war – Crimea, 2 years of “occupation” what happened, what do locals think?

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Alexander Chopov, PhD.

Sevastopol residents at a celebratory show held after the referendum on Crimea's status. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)
Sevastopol residents at a celebratory show held after the referendum on Crimea’s status. (RIA Novosti/Valeriy Melnikov)

It has been two years since Crimea’s separation from Ukraine. If you listen to the Western press, Crimea was stolen by Russia in a land grab in the wake of “confusion” following the Ukrainian (or Maidan) Revolution of 2014. What happened then in Crimea is critically important to understand the ongoing war. Further, understanding the history of the region provides a vital context for the war. These are the topics tackled by Alexander Chopov in the fourth episode of War In Ukraine – The Unreported Truth.

In Russia-Ukraine war – Crimea. 2 years of “occupation” what happened, what do locals think?, Alexander Chopov gives a succinct historical recap of the region and of the post Maidan Revolution, speaks with some of the people in the area asking how they see themselves, and how they feel about rejoining Russia. This video is a critical contribution to cutting through the lies and propaganda about the events in Ukraine, and the continuing allegations of Russian overreach.

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Alexander Chopov, Ph.D.  is the Director and Producer of a new YouTube Channel – War in Ukraine – the Unreported Truth. The purpose of the channel is to give the people of Donbass an English voice so they can be heard beyond Donbass. Dr. Chopov  has a double major in International Affairs from George Washington University, and a doctorate in political science from the Diplomatic Academy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia. He interned in the US Congress,  and has lived in US for over 10 years studying both American mentality and politics.


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