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INSS Insight No. 532, Zvi Magen, Pnina Sharvit Baruch, Olena Bagno-Moldavsky
In a series of rather rapid moves, Russia, ignoring international criticism, annexed the Crimean Peninsula. In the immediate background to the annexation are more than three months of violent protests in Ukraine, which ended on February 21, 2014 with a coup and the flight of President Yanukovich, and with the establishment of a transitional government that will be in effect until elections in May.