The Plot To Seize Crimea

n early 2014, the world was caught off guard by one event after another in a crisis that culminated with Russia’s annexation of the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula of Crimea.

Moscow also claimed to be caught up in events beyond its control.

On March 13, just eight days before the annexation, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a meeting in Moscow that “we cannot ignore the situation evolving around Ukraine, Crimea.”