Why Crimea is a Big Deal for Ukraine and Russia

The Crimean Peninsula is in the southeast corner of Ukraine and is still home to Russia'™s Black Sea fleet. It was one of the last strongholds of support for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych, who Russian media say has fled to Moscow for protection.

Related Videos


  • Thousands of Ukrainian Troops Leave Crimea

    Lawmakers in Ukraine have accepted the resignation of the country's defense minister as thousands of troops withdraw from the Crimean Peninsula, now controlled by Russia. (March 25)

  • Rival Protest Groups Rally Outside Crimean Parliament

    Pro-Russia separatists and supporters of Ukraine's new leaders confronted each other on Wednesday (February 26) outside Crimea's regional parliament before a debate on the political upheaval that swept away President Viktor Yanukovich. About 2,000 people, many of them ethnic Tatars who are the indigenous group on the Black Sea peninsula, converged on the parliament building to support the 'Euro-Maidan' movement which overturned Yanukovich in Kiev after three months of protests.

  • Ukrainians In U.S. Fear Russia Declared War

    Ukraine’s new leaders accused neighbor Russia of declaring war, as Kiev mobilized troops and called up military reservists in a rapidly escalating crisis that has raised fears of a conflict. Amid signs of Russian military intervention in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, Russian generals led their troops to three bases in the region Sunday, demanding Ukrainian forces surrender and hand over their weapons, Vladislav Seleznyov, spokesman for the Crimean Media Center of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

  • U.S. Announces New Sanctions After Crimea Vote

    Ukraine's Crimean peninsula declared itself an independent nation Monday after its residents voted overwhelmingly to secede and join Russia, while the U.S. and European Union announced new sanctions against Russia for backing the referendum. (March 17)

  • Crimean Referendum: What Happens If Crimea Joins Russia

    Voting began Sunday in the autonomous region of Crimea, where residents decide whether to break away from Ukraine and join Russia.

  • Russia Unlikely to Pull Back in Crimea

    Russia is unlikely to pull back its military forces in Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, analysts and former Obama administration officials say, forcing the United States and Europe into a more limited strategy of trying to prevent President Vladimir Putin from making advances elsewhere in the former Soviet republic. It's an unsettling scenario for President Barack Obama, who is under pressure to show he has leverage over Putin in a deepening conflict between East and West.

  • Concerns Over Crimea's Future Rise in Ukraine

    Russia's Black Sea fleet is on the move in Ukraine. Soldiers are protecting Russian properties in Crimea, where the fleet is based. Fleet officials also fear reprisals against the 60,000 Russian-speaking Ukrainians and Russian nationals living in Sevastopol, Ukraine. Some residents there are signing up for self-defense groups. The fear of reprisals stems from the geopolitical nature of the country.

  • Ukrainian Troops Ordered Out of Crimea

    Ukraine's fledgling government orders troops to retreat from Crimea, ending days of wavering as Western leaders try to present a unified response to Russia's control of the peninsula. (March 24)

  • Did the U.S. Carry Out a Ukrainian Coup?

    Investigative journalist Robert Parry talks about Russia's move to invade Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and the role of the US and the west in fomenting crisis there.

  • Russia Ultimatum To Ukrainian Soldiers: Leave Crimea Now

    Though a Russian spokesperson dismissed a reported ultimatum as "complete nonsense," this could be the first predictable boiling point in the crisis.

  • European Powers Seek Diplomatic Solution to Crimea Crisis

    The crisis in Ukraine took a Cold War tone on Monday. Russian forces were completing their seizure of the Russian-speaking Crimean peninsula, where Moscow maintains an important naval base. In Belgium, the European Union scrambled an emergency meeting to find a diplomatic solution. EU Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton.

  • Crisis In Crimea: A Guide To Major Players

    The crisis in Ukraine, which began as a dispute over whether the country should accept financial help from Europe or Russia, spiraled into the ouster of a president and then the Russian invasion of the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Russia insists it’s only protecting Russian speakers in Ukraine. The United States has demanded a pullback and imposed sanctions. And diplomats have met repeatedly to talk it out.

Other Advice Videos


  • Mike Germano on How to Give Better Advice When Asked for Help

    In Chapter 20 of 23 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, VICE Media Chief Digital Officer Mike Germano answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" Germano shares how advice requests can often be asks for other things, including asking for money. He also learns to know when not to give advice - including unsolicited advice - and instead help others make their own decisions. Mike Germano is Chief Digital Officer at VICE Media.

  • Phil McKenzie on How to Give Better Advice When Asked for Help

    In Chapter 18 of 20 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Phil McKenzie answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" McKenzie prefaces his willingness to give advice with the fact that knowledge he shares is based on his own circumstances experience. This brings context to the conversation and prevents him from coming across as judgmental or biased. Philip L. McKenzie is the Founder of Influencer Conference, a global content platform.

  • Jullien Gordon on How to Give Better Advice When Asked for Help

    In Chapter 14 of 19 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, business coach and public speaker Jullien Gordon answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" When asked for advice, Gordon finds it helpful to start by asking questions and not giving answers. This helps him shift his model for personal development from a "let me teach it to you" approach to providing others space to come up with their own answers. Jullien Gordon is a business coach & consultant.

  • Anatole Faykin on The Privilege and Pleasure of Giving Advice to Friends

    In Chapter 5 of 16 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, Internet entrepreneur Anatole Faykin answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" Faykin shares how giving friends' advice is both a privilege and a pleasure. He notes that giving advice is tough, as often a friend is looking to have a listener and to vent rather to actively seek out feedback. Faykin works to discern those who want to vent from those who actually want advice and answers.

  • Matt Ruby on Being Comfortable Not Getting Asked For Advice

    In Chapter 5 of 19 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, standup comedian and Vooza founder Matt Ruby answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help?" Ruby shares how he is not often approached for advice. He finds it may be due to coming across as unapproachable or doing work that is not fully understood by others. While Ruby does not try to avoid people, he shares that not being asked for advice is fine with him and allows him to be left alone.

  • Hattie Elliot on How to Give Better Advice When Asked for Help

    In Chapter 4 of 15 in her 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, entrepreneur Hattie Elliot answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You for Help?" As someone who connects people for a living, Elliot learns the most important part of giving advice is to underpromise and overdeliver. This helps to ensure she is able to meet expectations when making promises. She also learns to refine her willingness to help others to focus on a smaller group of close friends and family.

  • Ramsey Pryor: How to Give Better Advice When People Ask You For Help

    In Chapter 11 of 16 in his 2014 Capture Your Flag interview, product management executive Ramsey Pryor answers "How Have You Learned to Give Better Advice When People Ask You for Help?" With time, Pryor learns to give less prescriptive advice. He learns from his children to give advice is more to be a sounding board and help others make a decision rather than to make a decision for others. Pryor is a product management executive at IBM focused on cloud-based collaboration.

  • 6 Celebrated Women Offer Advice to Their 20-Year Old Selves

    What advice would you give your 20-year-old self? asked Real Simple.