Should Crimea Even Belong to Ukraine? — Why I Think Crimea Should Be Autonomous

Jakub Ferencik
5 min readMay 7, 2023

At the outset, I should be clear: Crimea belongs to Ukraine. As of now, it is illegally occupied due to Putin’s annexation in 2014.

In an ideal world, we would give Crimeans the right to decide the fate of Crimea. But we don’t live in that world. Putin is not willing to give up Crimea because its possession in Russian hands was hugely popular in Russia following the annexation.

Nonetheless, if it wasn’t for the forcible displacement of Crimean Tatars during Stalin’s…

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Jakub Ferencik

Journalist in Prague | Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views