The Crimean Peninsula Is a Playground and Battleground, Coveted by Both Ukraine and Russia

From an AP story by Dasha Litvinova headlined “The Crimean Peninsula is both a playground and battleground, coveted by Ukraine and Russia”:

Its balmy beaches have been vacation spots for Russian czars and Soviet general secretaries. It has hosted history-shaking meetings of world leaders and boasts a strategic naval base. And it has been the site of ethnic persecutions, forced deportations and political repression.

Now, as Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its 18th month, the Crimean Peninsula is again both a playground and a battleground, with drone attacks and bombs seeking to dislodge Moscow’s hold on the territory and bring it back under Kyiv’s authority, no matter how loudly the Kremlin proclaims its ownership.