UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Crimean Crisis 2014

Map of Ukraine with the disputed territory of Crimea

 Map of Crimea [Wikimedia Commons]

The annexation of Crimea by Russia in March 2014 took place in the aftermath of the Ukrainian Revolution 2014. It was a part of the wider pro-Russian and anti-government unrest across south-eastern Ukraine.

On 23 February pro-Russian and anti-Kiev demonstrations were held in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. On 27 February unmarked Russian troops from Crimean military bases took over the Supreme Council of Crimea, and secured strategic sites across Crimea by early March. In the mean time a pro-Russian deputy Sergey Aksyonov replaced Anatolii Mohyliov as the head of Council of Ministers of Crimea. On 27 February the Supreme Council of Crimea voted to hold a referendum on 25 May, that was later brought forward. The referendum was judged by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine as unconstitutional. Despite this, on 16 March, a referendum on the status of Crimea took place and subsequently the Crimea's independence was declared, while signing the treaty of accession with the Russian Federation took place on 18 March 2014.

March 2014

19 March

18 March

17 March


February 2014

28 February

27 February

26 February