What that means specifically one can see on the walls of crimean buildings where graffiti reads “Tatars, get out of Crimea!”
The crimean Tatars, however, who were shipped away to Kazakhastan by Stalin after WWII, have no desire to join a resurgent Russia.
He did this, he said, because the Russian people want it and especially because the crimean people want it.
Note: As a former part of the Russian empire, Crimea was one of the strongholds of opposition to the Soviet government after the Russian Revolution.
Note: It was occupied by German troops from 1941 to 1945.
Note: The Crimean War of the 1850s, fought between Russian forces and the allied armies of Britain, France, Turkey, and Sardinia, was the scene of the battle described in “The Charge of the Light Brigade.”