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(video) Russia Extended the Lease on its Black Sea Fleet Base

by Rose Griffin (“Russia Profile”)

But Russia’s eagerness to retain a presence in Sevastopol could reflect more than just a desire to protect its southern borders.

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine / It doesn’t take long for a visitor to Sevastopol to notice evidence of the city’s historic role as a heroic defender of Russia. Souvenir stalls sell Russian flags, and monuments and street names refer to Russian naval commanders as well as cultural icons. Ukrainian national symbols are confined to municipal buildings, including a conspicuously orange and blue post office on the main thoroughfare, Bolshaya Morskaya Street.

This image has been cultivated since its inception, as Mikhail YURLOV, a former Ukrainian diplomat and director of NGO Fund “Sevastopol,” as well as an advisor to the chairman of the Sevastopol City Administration, said: “Sevastopol is different to any other city in the Crimea, because it was built in 1783 as a Russian military fortress and developed as such over two centuries.” This history, Yurlov believes, came to define its inhabitants’ mentality.

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