Let's not forget Crimea

Friday, March 25, 2016

Two years ago, Russia annexed the Crimean Peninsula. The citizens, who consider themselves Ukranian, are forced to live as Russians and face imprisonment for such acts of defiance as flying a Ukranian flag. Disappearances, political prosecutions and physical attacks are the price for dissent.

The economy is ruined. Power lines from Ukraine were severed, cutting off electricity to Crimea's two million people. Authorities have managed only a partial restoration.

Any future diplomatic communication with Russia must include reference to the situation in Crimea until Russia changes its policies.