A Reason Why Crimea is so Important to Russia

March 2, 2014 at 3:39 PM 1 comment

Here’s an interesting article by Tom Yulsman over at the Discover Magazine blog about Russia and Crimea.  Included are satellite images like this one:

Stevastopol via MASA

The port city of Sevastopol is seen here in a photograph taken on Expedition 20 of the International Space Station in 2009. (Source: NASA)

And this important tidbit:

Lastly, this broad view gives a sense of Crimea’s strategic importance. For the Russians, the base at Sevastopol is one of just three that provide access to the world’s oceans. The others are in the Murmansk region on the Barents Sea, and Vladivostok on the Pacific Ocean.


So, I would think that when Vladmir Putin tells President Obama that Russia has a “right to protect its interests” in the region, Russia’s access to the world’s oceans is probably one of them.






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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. JC for pennies  |  March 2, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Also, lots of nice resorts in the region. They might want them back, too! LOL.

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