Why does Russia annex Crimea at all costs and without fear of the threat of war?

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Why does Russia annex Crimea at all costs and without fear of the threat of war?

2019-01-13 09:03:51 199 ℃
< p > In March 2014, Russia took military action, sent troops to Crimea, expelled the Ukrainian army and eventually joined the Russian Federation. In the face of sanctions imposed by Ukraine and Western countries, did Russia have sufficient jurisprudence to allow Crimea to join the Russian Federation in a referendum?


Crimea is a military strategic place that Russia has never abandoned in past dynasties. I have been to Crimea many times before, but Russia can't really say that it invaded Crimea in 2014, because the Russians already occupied Crimea, and there was almost no military force in Ukraine before Crimea Peninsula. From Crimea across the Azov Sea to the vast "border" zone of Rostov on the Dun River in South Russia, from social economy to people's life, it is basically the same as in Russia. Russian soldiers are often seen in the streets, just as they are stationed in the country.

According to the Agreement on Energy Linkages between Russian and Ukrainian Garrisons signed in 2010, the Russian army can continue to use the land, sea and air bases in Crimea Peninsula, and can deploy 160 combat aircraft and no more than 25,000 troops. The total number of Ukrainian troops is less than 40,000. There is hardly any heavy fighting force in Ukraine on the Crimean Peninsula. Only a few are equipped with light weapons. Their fighting capacity is similar to that of the scattered armed police forces, and the number is quite small. The Russian armed forces have complete control over the Crimea, especially the Savastopol port, and the Russian navy's warships are free to enter and leave Ukraine's territorial waters.


Historically, Crimea is closely related to the fate of Russia. Since the Middle Ages, among the series of "Khanates" left behind by the Mongolian Eastern Expedition, the powerful Muslim Tatar countries in the present Crimean region occupied Moscow and massacred 150,000 inhabitants there, so that Russia had to stationed tens of thousands of troops in its south for decades to prepare for a life-and-death battle with the Crimean Khanate. In modern history, in order to contain Russia, Britain and France, formerly centuries old enemies, finally joined forces to fight against Russia. This is the Crimean War. Britain and France fought against Russia in the Crimean War. At the cost of hundreds of thousands of casualties and the death of the commander-in-chief, the Anglo-French coalition finally defeated Sevastopol, but the war still failed to take Crimea from Russia. In order to preserve Crimea, Russia even sold Alaska cheaply. This shows Crimea's position in the minds of Russian policymakers.

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In the eyes of the Russian elite, Crimea Peninsula is not only a resort, but also the accumulation of millions of Russian compatriots and Russian culture represented by Chekhov and Pushkin on the peninsula. Russia's decision-makers, accustomed to the geo-buffer zone strategy, are so aware of the geopolitical significance of Crimea that the Kremlin prefers to "defend" the peninsula, which is the same size as Hainan Island in China, rather than make it the front line of anti-Russia in Western countries. In addition, Caucasus oil has been an important economic pillar of the Soviet Union since the Cold War, and today this pillar becomes even more important. Once Russia loses Crimea, this pillar will lose its cover and may be cut off at any time, which Russia will never allow. Over the centuries, the blood shed by the Russian nation for Crimea has been enough to dye the land red. They will never give up the land they fought for.