Crimea had been part of Russia for years until , when it was gifted to the Soviet Republic of the Ukraine by the then Russian Premier, Nikita Khrushchev. This was to commemorate the th anniversary of the historic decision by Ukraine to unify with tsarist Russia. At that time, it would have been impossible to foresee that the Soviet Union would collapse and split into separate republics, that the borders would have to be renegotiated and that Ukraine would again be an independent country. Crimea has a 2 million population, of which about 60 percent speak Russian and consider themselves Russian.
In the book under review Robert Forczyk, a former armor officer with the U. Army and published author on tank warfare on the Eastern Front, has written about the campaigns fought in Crimea from to between the Wehrmacht and its Romanian allies and the Red Army for control of the peninsula and its key naval base at Sevastopol. Crimea was a point of struggle between the Ottoman Empire and Russia, which conquered it during the reign of Catherine the Great.
March 18, , Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the world regarding the annexation of Crimea. The Russian- Ukrainian relationship dates back to the ninth to the mid-thirteenth. While most of the violence is coming from within, the main conflict here is between the Ukraine and Russia, as Russia has already used military force to annex Crimea, and continues to supply the Ukrainian rebels. In the spring of , the political map of the world has changed. The peninsula of Crimea, which was part of Ukraine for about 60 years became part of the Russian Federation on March 14,