Crimea


Cri·mea

geographical name \krī-ˈmē-ə, krə-\

Definition of CRIMEA

peninsula S Ukraine, extending into Black Sea SW of Sea of Azov
Crimean adjective

Variants of CRIMEA

Cri·mea or Cri·me·an Peninsula \krī-ˈmē-ən, krə-\

Crimea

   (Concise Encyclopedia)

Autonomous republic (pop., 2001: 2,033,700), southern Ukraine. It is coextensive with the Crimean Peninsula, which extends into the Black Sea. It covers 10,077 sq mi (26,100 sq km); its capital is Simferopol. Early inhabitants were Cimmerians, though the area later was settled by Greeks in the 6th century BC and was ruled by the kingdom of the Cimmerian Bosporus from the 5th century BC. It became subject to Rome, and part of it later belonged to the Byzantine Empire. Russia annexed Crimea in 1783. It was the scene of the Crimean War (1853–56). In 1921 it became an autonomous republic of the U.S.S.R. During World War II, Nazi armies overran it in 1941; it was retaken by the Soviets in 1944. The area became an oblast of the Ukrainian S.S.R. in 1954. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Crimea obtained partial autonomy from Ukraine.

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