Ukraine, Crimea, Yalta, Gaspra, Swallow's Nest castle perched on Aurora Cliff

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Shaped like a diamond, this tiny subtropical gem has always been an eye-catcher for imperial rulers – from Romans to Russians. The latest invasion, albeit a largely peaceful one, took place in March 2014, when the peninsula was annexed by and once again incorporated into Russia after 23 years as part of independent Ukraine.


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