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The Crimean Crisis: History Repeats Itself

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Communism still lives in the Russian military’s takeover of the Crimean region of Ukraine. Nations stand idly by, watching, with little more than mild concern for the Ukrainians. However, it is the United Nation and NATO’s duty to recognize and defend Ukrainian sovereignty against the Russian incursion into Crimea. The Russians should not be allowed to have Crimea because Crimea is already a part of Ukraine. If no one intervenes, history will be repeated, and there will be war. Because of the historical mistreatment of Ukrainians by Russia, the United Nations and NATO should support Ukrainian sovereignty, which may ultimately prevent Russia from not only absorbing Crimea, but also the entire Ukrainian nation.
On February 27, 2014, pro-Russian troops seized control of much of the Crimean peninsula following the Ukrainian Revolution that overthrew the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych after months of protests. The military forces took control of the Crimean parliamentary and Council of Ministers buildings, ousted the prime minister appointed by Yanukovych, and replaced the Crimean flag with the Russian flag. Ukrainians look on in disbelief as military personnel began appearing all over the area. They were outraged that Russia would do something like that. Crimeans, on the other hand, welcomed the Russians with open arms. Crimean citizens pulled down Crimean flags all over the region, and replaced them with the flag of the Russian Federation. This is also not the first time in history an incident like this has occurred.
When Russia became Communist during World War I, they joined the newly formed Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. They immediately tried to get Ukraine to join the Soviet Union too, which it did. After Vladimir Lenin, the leader of the Soviet Russian government, died, Joseph Stalin rose to power (Holodormor). Stalin used Ukrainian wheat to feed the U. S. S. R., but independent Ukrainian farmers refused to work under these collective farms. From 1932 to 1933, Stalin harshly raised the quota for Ukrainian wheat production, knowing full well that the Ukrainians could not meet it. Any Ukrainians who were caught taking wheat from the farms were arrested and executed. Eventually, nearly four million Ukrainians die of starvation. The Ukrainians call this “Holodomor”, which literally means “death by forced starvation”. However, Russia denied any such man-made famines in the Ukraine. Even Western journalists said that there was no famine, or even starvation in Soviet Russia. The New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty said, “Any report of a famine in Russia today is an exaggeration or malignant propaganda. There is no actual starvation or deaths from starvation but there is widespread morality from diseases due to malnutrition.” (Holodomor). Russia still calls Ukraine’s depiction of their famine a falsification of history, even though nearly two dozen nations recognize it as mass genocide. Even more recently than this, Russia...

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