But Britain says it never happened.
“If you want to know why so much blood spilled on this land,” said the tourist guide, “just look at the map: if you control Crimea, you control the Black Sea.”
On the territorial fringes of the alliance, where European military might is at its thinnest, an overconfident Putin might exploit the weakness to conduct a new “hybrid” war.
In the new international norm, assertions of “security concerns” mean strong countries can take over weaker neighbors and redraw ethnic and demographic boundaries.
Protests spread across the country after President Zelensky accepted terms that could lead to the permanent separation of eastern Ukraine.
“It’s just one of those things,” President Trump said of the annexation of Crimea.
The president allegedly held up a $400 million arms deal in order to pressure Ukraine in investigating Joe Biden. What exactly was in the deal?