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The Crimean Conflict refers to a geo-political dispute regarding the autonomous southern Ukrainian Peninsula of the same name. Historically, post-Cold War political tensions in Ukraine revolved around Ukrainian and Russian sympathies; these are the two major ethnic groups and are divided into northern and southern regions respectively. Most recently, anti-Russian activism in the North led to widespread violent uprisings against Russian sympathizing politicians. In response to these uprisings, paramilitary forces bearing a strong resemblance to Russian forces surrounded Ukrainian military posts of Crimea in the early morning hours of March 1, 2014. The Ukrainian interim leadership received public support from the United States the same day. Crimea is bordered on three sides by the Black Sea and by virtue, presents a economic and military vantage point. It was ceded to Ukraine by Russia at the end of the Soviet Era as reparations following 300 years of Russian rule, briefly interrupted

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03/22/2014: Ukraine PM signed elements of EU trade pact.

03/21/2014: Russia finalized annexation of Crimea.

03/18/2014: Putin signed treaty incorporating Crimea into Russia.

03/17/2014: Crimea Parliament declared independence following refenderum.

03/13/2014: EU Parliament demanded immediate withdrawal of all Russian troops from Crimea.

03/11/2014: Crimea Parliament voted to become independent state via referendum.

03/06/2014: Crimea Parliament set referendum to become part of Russian Federation.

03/01/2014: Obama condemned Russian military intervention in Ukraine as a violation of international law.

02/26/2014: Ukraine interim government requested international arrest warrant for Yankuvych.

02/25/2014: Ukraine parliament voted to send ousted president before ICC.

02/24/2014: Ukraine issued arrest warrant for ousted president.

02/22/2014: Ukraine opposition leader released from jail.

02/03/2014: Ukraine opposition called for constitutional changes.

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