Is Crimea a Country?


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Crimea is not a country, but it is a semi-autonomous region that is officially a part of Russia as of 2014. The region was formally a part of Ukraine, but it recognized itself as a country after submitting a controversial declaration of independence on March 11, 2014.

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Crimea is located on a peninsula in Eastern Europe, and it is surrounded by the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. The landmass is located as an extension of Ukraine and a neighbor of Russia. Russia's annexation of Crimea followed by its secession from Ukraine sparked controversy. The validity of Crimea's secession and annexation is questioned due to the forceful Russian occupation during the voting process. Crimea possesses its own government as a semi-autonomous region, but it is officially part of Russia.

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