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Stories 13:00 20 Jan 2022

"If I can get myself to my feet, what are the problems?" Crimea: chronology, pain, and people

February 22, 2014. Crimea. Ukrainian flags are still on the buildings of state structures. But in the territory of the Autonomous Republic, the number of identical trucks without license plates increased. There have also been more people who are about to be dubbed "Putin's little green men." And from Crimea to Kyiv, there are reports of increasing Russian forces in Crimea and, of course, in southern Russia. There is very little left before the occupation.

On the Day of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, January 20, Rubryka recounts how the occupation took place, and what decisions were made by people who suddenly lost their homes.

What is the problem?

Russian aggression as an old inviolable tradition

At that time, in 2014, the Horiainov family became one of those who realized everything earlier than the rest of Ukraine; they managed to leave Crimea and their native Yevpatoria before the full-scale occupation. A father, a mother, and nine children, one of whom will tell us in eight years how it all went.

"I was 14. We were leaving at a time when Russia had not yet begun to rule Crimea. We still managed to leave calmly. It was sad, of course. At the age of 14, I didn't have much understanding of what was going on. I just trusted my parents, and that's it," says Oleksii.

When the family settles in Lutsk, everyone already understands that Ukraine has lost Crimea.

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