crimean

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Crimea [(kreye-mee-uh, kruh-mee-uh)]

Peninsula in the extreme southern Ukraine, bordered by the Black Sea to the east, south, and west.

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.”
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