Russia and Eastern Europe

Eastern Europe

Where is Crimea

Protruding into the Black Sea, Crimea is a diamond-shaped peninsula attached—by the Isthmus of Perekop—to southern Ukraine. Though Crimea declared its independence from Ukraine in 1992, it later compromised and became an autonomous republic of Ukraine.

The Hagia Sophia in Istanbul now serves as a museum in Turkey. It was originally a church built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the sixth century C.E.

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