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February 13, marks 234 years since the formation of the Taurida region, which was the last chord in the annexation of the Crimea by the Russian empire.

In 1774, another Russian-Turkish war was over. According to the Peace Treaty of Küçük Kaynarca, the Crimean Khanate became independent from the Ottoman Empire. However, this situation did not satisfy the tsarist government, which feared that the Ottomans would use the Crimea as a springboard for the war with Russia. The Crimea was also of strategic importance, because control over the peninsula gave superiority and control in the Black Sea region, which the Russian Empire sought so much. In 1783, weakened by the internal struggle between the khans and the nobles, the peninsula was seized by the Russian army.

April 8, 1783 Catherine II signed the manifesto "On the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, Taman Island and the entire Kuban area to the Russian state." February 13, 1784 Taurida region was created from the occupied lands of the Crimean Khanate. Later it was reorganized into the Taurida province.

Reference: Russia treacherously attacked the sovereign Ukrainian state in 2014. The Russians, conducted an illegal "referendum" in the Crimea at gunpoint, “receiving” 120% support for annexation, and then they attempted to seize the rest of Ukraine taking advantage of the chaos of the "Russian spring", but were stopped in the Donbas by the strength of volunteers who, with the support of the Ukrainian people, took a stand to defend the country. Now the Russian Federation is trying to keep the occupied Crimea and part of the Donbas under its influence through terror and intimidation. Because of the annexation of the Crimea, the Russian Federation was expelled from the G-8, PACE and made an outcast country.

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