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Waiting for a Reality Check in Crimea, Five Years on

Feb 27, 2019 | 10:00 GMT
Russian soldiers unload modified T-72 tanks at the Gvardeyskoe railway station near the Crimean capital of Simferopol on March 31, 2014.

Russian soldiers unload modified T-72 tanks at the Gvardeyskoe railway station near the Crimean capital of Simferopol on March 31, 2014. Crimea sparked a standoff between the West and Russia that has now taken on a life of its own.

(OLGA MALTSEVA/AFP/Getty Images)

The West has refused to recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea, instead demanding its return to Ukraine. In so doing, the West is standing on principle rather than pragmatics....

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