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Lucy Minicozzi-Wheeland

Lucy Minicozzi-Wheeland is a contributor and news intern at the Kyiv Independent, working with the support of an Association for Slavic, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies Graduate Internship Grant. She is also earning her master’s degree in Regional Studies: Russia, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia at Harvard University. She is writing her master’s thesis about the war in Ukraine and she specializes in Ukrainian and Georgian studies. Lucy spent the 2019-2020 academic year serving as a Fulbright Student Researcher in Odesa, Ukraine, where she worked with prominent Ukrainian NGOs and universities such as the Odesa Center for Nonproliferation and Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

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Russia’s annexation of Crimea

Russia’s annexation of Crimea

by Lucy Minicozzi-Wheeland

Russia invaded Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in February 2014 amid the deadliest days of the EuroMaidan Revolution that eventually ousted pro-Russian ex-President Viktor Yanukovych. While Yanukovych's pro-Russian regime was murdering protesters in downtown Kyiv, around 30,000 Russian troops crossed into Crimea, taking hold of the peninsula by early March 2014.

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