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Yanukovych fled on Feb. 22 and a mere five days later a chain of events was started off by an outside player.

Ukraine’s problems were no longer internal and that chain of events continues to unfold to this day and continue to have the active involvement of the same outside player.

The active phase of Operation Crimea started in the early morning of Feb. 27 when 60 heavily armed men occupied the Crimean parliament, that day a new Crimean prime minister was appointed and he soon moved to demand a vote on leaving Ukraine and joining Russia. That this was all wrapped up in less than a month is now a matter of history.

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