Essay by Alexander Nepogodin, Odessa-born political journalist, expert on Russia and the USSR.

US President Bill Clinton, Russian President Boris Yeltsin and President of Ukraine Leonid Kravchuk

Gorbachev advisor, Georgy Shakhnazarov (October 1991): “If Ukraine announces its withdrawal from the [Soviet] Union, Crimea will secede from Ukraine and become a part of Russia on the same day”. He warned against the “colossal sacrifices, suffering, and perhaps bloodshed” that the separation of the Ukrainian SSR from the USSR might bring both for the Russian and Ukrainian people.

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