This is the Crimean Peninsula (indicated in blue) (doodles mine)
February 21st: Pro-Russia Prez Viktor Yanukovych flees Ukraine/Feb 22nd: Ukraine gov deposes him
February 24th: Russian Citizen Aleksei Chalyi is chosen as mayor of Crimean city Sevastopol (previously mayor-less)
February 26: Pro-Russian forces (self-declared volunteers) take control of main access route to Sevastopol
February 27: 60 Pro-Russian gunmen take control of the Crimean Parliament building and Crimean Parliament holds an emergency session
February 28: Pro-Russian militants take control of key buildings in Simferopol (Crimean capitol) as well appearing stationed outside Crimean airports
March 1: Russian Federation Council grants Putin permission to use armed forces in Ukraine to protect Russian interests
March 14: United States surveillance drone discovered flying over Crimea
March 16: 95.5% of voters in Crimea support referendum to join Russia
March 18: Putin signs a bill to absorb Crimea into the Russian Federation
March 24: Russia voted to be excluded from the Group of 8
Early April: Pro-Russian forces occupy government buildings in Eastern Ukraine
April 15-September 4: Bloodshed.
Except for June 19th when a very briefly lived out truce was called...
...and swiftly broken
September 5: Ceasefire signed between Ukraine and Pro-Russian Rebels
Maybe not so much...
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