Return to home1015 Vladimir
I (b.958), a prince of Novgorod and grand prince of Kiev, died. He
had married the sister of Byzantine Emp. Basil II and was baptized
in Crimea. Originally a Slavic pagan, Vladimir had converted to
Christianity in 988 and Christianized the Kievan Rus. His domain
split into warring fiefs that eventually gave rise to Belarus,
Russia and Ukraine.
1783 Dec 28, The Ottoman Empire
signed an agreement with Russia that recognized the loss of Crimea
and other territories that had been held by the Khanate. Catherine
the Great annexed the Crimea to the Russian empire. 83% or the
residents were Tatars.
1/4/99, p.A8)(Econ, 2/25/06, p.55)
1790 Jul 19, The naval Battle
of Kerch Strait (also known as Battle of Yenikale, by the old
Turkish name of the strait near Kerch) took place near Kerch,
Crimea, and was a slight victory for Imperial Russia over the
Ottoman Empire during the Russo-Turkish War, 1787-1792.
1792 Jan 9, The Treaty of Jassy
was signed recognizing Russia's 1783 annexation of the Crimean
Khanate. The Ottomans signed a treaty with the Russians ending a
five year war.
1890 A metalic likeness of
Catherine the Great was erected in Simferepol, the capital of
Crimea, to commemorate the century of her capture of the peninsula.
(Econ, 6/8/19, p.48)
2014 Jun 10, Russia’s PM Dmitry
Medvedev gave the government's blessing to Aeroflot’s new low-cost
airline serving newly-annexed Crimea, as he inspected a Dobrolyot
(Good Flight) Boeing-737 ahead of its maiden flight from Moscow's
2015 Mar 31, Crimea's
independent television station ATR went off air at midnight after
Russian authorities repeatedly refused to give it a broadcasting
2015 Nov 21, An explosion in
Ukraine's Kherson region bordering Crimea cut the two working power
lines to the peninsula.
2015 Nov 22, Crimea declared a
state of emergency after its main electricity lines from Ukraine
were blown up, leaving the Russian-annexed peninsula in darkness
after the second such attack in as many days.
2015 Nov 23, Ukraine ordered a
halt to all delivery of goods to Crimea. PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk
described the halt as temporary, but added that he had ordered the
Cabinet to prepare a draft of a "concrete" halt of goods and
services from Ukraine to Crimea.
2015 Nov 23, Pro-Ukrainian
activists prevented repairs to sabotaged power lines leading to
Crimea, keeping the Russian-annexed peninsula starved of electricity
for a second day and tensions between Moscow and Kiev high.
2015 Nov 24, Power cuts in
Crimea affected nearly 940,000 people as tensions raged between Kiev
and Moscow over the annexed peninsula and Russia threatened to cut
off gas supplies to Ukraine.
2015 Dec 8, The administration
in Ukraine's Kherson region said that Ukraine has restored
electricity to the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.
2015 Dec 16, Ukraine accused
Russia of looting two of its oil rigs after Crimea-based oil and gas
firm Chornomornaftogaz moved the equipment off the coast of the
annexed peninsula into Russian waters.
2015 Dec 31, Electricity from
Ukraine to the Russia-annexed Crimean peninsula was cut again after
the collapse of a power pylon.
2016 Apr 26, The Supreme Court
in the Russia-annexed peninsula Crimea banned a Crimean Tatar group
in the latest step to marginalize the minority.
2016 Jun 17, The EU rolled over
for another year sanctions imposed to protest Russia's 2014
annexation of Crimea from Ukraine, which the bloc deems illegal.
2016 Aug 11, Ukraine's
president ordered the army to be on combat alert on the country's
de-facto border with Crimea and on the front line in eastern Ukraine
following Moscow's accusations that Ukraine sent in "saboteurs" to
carry out attacks in Crimea.
2016 Aug 18, Prominent Crimean
Tatar activist Ilmi Umerov (59) was incarcerated in a psychiatric
hospital in Simferopol to undergo forced sanity testing. He was
charged with calling for extremism in the Russian-annexed peninsula.
Earlier this month he was forcibly moved from an ordinary hospital
where he was receiving treatment for a suspected heart attack.
2016 Nov 8, European Union
finance ministers agreed on new targeted sanctions against Crimean
officials, adding to restrictive measures adopted after Russia's
annexation of Crimea in 2014.
2016 Dec 14, A Dutch court
ruled that a priceless collection of gold artifacts from Crimea that
was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula must
be returned to Ukraine and not Crimea.
2016 Dec 27, Russia activated a
pipeline carrying Russian gas to Crimea with President Vladimir
Putin hailing it as a step that would power economic growth on a
peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.
2017 Jan 17, Ukraine said it
has filed a case against Russia at the United Nations' highest
court, accusing Moscow of illegally annexing Crimea and illicitly
funding separatist rebel groups in eastern Ukraine. Kiev also is
seeking compensation for deadly incidents including the 2014
shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
2017 Mar 6, Ukraine’s deputy
foreign minister accused Russia of financing terrorism by shipping
arms, ammunition and funds to separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine
and of discriminating against non-Russians in the annexed Crimean
(SFC, 3/7/17, p.A2)
2017 Mar 13, The EU said it has
prolonged for six months until Sept. 15 a blacklist of Russian and
Crimean individuals and firms accused of undermining Ukraine's
integrity and independence.
2017 Apr 19, Judges at the UN's
highest court rejected a Ukrainian interim request to order Russia
to stop supporting troops in the east of the country, saying its
request did not meet legal requirements under an international
terrorism treaty. The court ordered Russia to halt discrimination of
ethnic Crimean Tartars.
2017 Jun 30, Russia’s President
Vladimir Putin extended Russian counter-sanctions on the European
Union until the end of 2018. Russia said it has suspended payments
to the Council of Europe for this year, retaliation for its
delegation there being stripped of its voting rights after the
annexation of Crimea.
2017 Aug 20, It was reported
that a Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its
gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU
sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary
hearings next month.
2017 Sep 11, In
Russian-controlled Crimea Tatar leader Ahtem Chiygoz was jailed for
eight years in the disputed territory. He was found guilty of
stirring up mass disorder by calling street demonstrations in
February 2014 against a referendum which later sealed Russia's
seizure of the peninsula.
2017 Sep 25, The UN human
rights office said in a report that Russia is violating
international law in Crimea, including by imposing Russian
citizenship on its people and deliberately transferring hundreds of
prisoners and detainees to prisons in Russia.
2017 Sep 27, A Russian court
found Ilmi Umerov (60), a Crimean dissident opposed to Russia's
annexation of Ukraine's Crimea, guilty of separatism and sentenced
him to two years in a prison colony. Umerov, who suffers from
Parkinson's disease and attacks of high blood pressure, was deputy
head of the Crimean Tatars' semi-official Mejlis legislature before
it was suspended by Moscow after it took control of the peninsula in
2017 Oct 11, Russia’s domestic
security agency said it has detained six people in Crimea accused of
involvement in an extremist organization, a move described by one of
the suspects' lawyer as part of Moscow's crackdown on the Crimean
2017 Oct 25, Crimean Tatar
activists Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz, who opposed to Moscow's
annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region, were released from prison and
flown to Turkey. Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko thanked Turkey's
president for helping broker the release.
(AP, 10/25/17)(Reuters, 10/27/17)
2017 Oct 27, Crimean Tatar
activists Ilmi Umerov and Ahtem Chiygoz, released from Russian
custody on Oct. 25, arrived in Ukraine said they would travel back
to the annexed peninsula and campaign for the freedom of other
political prisoners and the return of Crimea to Ukraine.
2017 Nov 14, Human Rights Watch
said Russian authorities have intensified a crackdown on Crimean
Tatars in an apparent bid to silence dissent on the Black Sea
(SFC, 11/16/17, p.A2)
2018 Jan 13, Russia deployed a
new division of S-400 surface-to-air missiles in Crimea, in an
escalation of military tensions on the Crimean peninsula.
2018 May 15, Russian Pres.
Vladimir Putin, driving a truck, unveiled the auto section of a new
11.8-mile, road-and-rail bridge linking Russia's Taman Peninsula to
the annexed Crimea, defying Ukraine which said the move showed
cynical disregard for international law.
(Reuters, 5/15/18)(SFC, 5/17/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 18, The EU said it has
extended restrictions on doing business with companies or officials
in Ukraine's Crimea region an d the city of Sevastopol for a year
over Russia's annexation of the peninsula.
(SFC, 6/19/18, p.A2)
2018 Jun 21, It was reported
that Crimea has stepped up grain exports to Syria over the past year
in an arrangement that gives the Black Sea peninsula an outlet for
its surplus crops and ensures President Bashar al-Assad has a
reliable source of wheat.
2018 Jul 31, The EU expanded
its sanctions against Moscow to include companies that helped build
a bridge from mainland Russia to Kremlin-annexed Crimea, which it
says violates Ukraine's sovereignty.
2018 Aug 3, In Crimea employees
said US firm Best Western Hotels & Resorts, the last Western
hotel chain still in Crimea, has pulled out because of sanctions
imposed after Russia annexed the region from Ukraine.
2018 Oct 17, In Russian-annexed
Crimea 20 people were killed and dozens more wounded, most of them
teenagers, after a student opened fire at the Kerch Polytechnical
College. Investigators identified the attacker as Vladislav
Roslyakov (18), a fourth-year student whose body was found "with a
gunshot wound" on the premises.
(AFP, 10/17/18)(Reuters, 10/19/18)
2018 Nov 26, Ukraine's biggest
state-run bank said an arbitration court in Paris has ruled that
Russia must pay $1.3 billion in damages for property seized in the
annexation of Crimea.
2018 Nov 27, Russia's TASS news
agency reported that a court in Russian-annexed Crimea ordered the
first of 24 Ukrainian navy sailors captured by Russia to be detained
for two months.
2018 Nov 29, Ukrainian
President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia's Vladimir Putin of
wanting to annex his entire country and called for NATO to deploy
warships to a sea shared by the two nations. Ukrainian border guards
said all non-Ukrainians will be barred from crossing into the
Russia-occupied Crimean peninsula by land after martial law went
(Reuters, 11/29/18)(AP, 11/29/18)
2019 Mar 18, In Crimea Russian
flags flew across Simferopol as Pres. Vladimir Putin flew in to mark
the fifth anniversary of Moscow's internationally condemned
annexation of the peninsula from Ukraine. Putin inaugurated two new
power stations in Crimea.
(AFP, 3/18/19)(Reuters, 3/18/19)
2019 Mar 18, The European Union
and NATO condemned Russia's 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimean
Peninsula five years after Moscow declared the region Russian
2019 Mar 20, Ukraine's Pres.
Petro Poroshenko ordered new sanctions against Russian companies and
individuals involved in construction and other activities in Crimea.
(SFC, 3/21/19, p.A2)
2019 Sep 13, Russia's Ministry
of Transport said the state had bought passenger carriages and
locomotives for a new rail route linking Russian cities to Crimea,
but declined to say who had supplied the new rolling stock.
2019 Nov 8, The United Nations'
highest court ruled that it has jurisdiction in a case brought by
Ukraine that alleges Russia breached treaties on terrorist financing
and racial discrimination following its annexation of Crimea by
arming rebels in eastern Ukraine and reining in the rights of ethnic
Tartars and other minorities.
2019 Dec 9, The UN's general
assembly passed a resolution condemning Russia's occupation of
Crimea and the city of Sebastopol and urging the withdrawal of its
military forces "without delay".
(The Telegraph, 12/9/19)
2019 Dec 23, Russia's President
Vladimir Putin stood in the driver's cabin of a train for the
official opening of a railway bridge that links annexed Crimea to
southern Russia. The bridge for car traffic opened in May last year
when the president drove a truck across it.
2019 Dec 25, Ukrainian
officials opened a criminal probe after a passenger train from
Russia arrived in Crimea via a new Russian-built bridge, arguing
that the train illegally carried people across the Ukrainian border.
2020 Jan 28, The European Union
added seven Russian-backed officials in Crimea to its sanctions
blacklist for organizing local elections in the peninsula last year.