Cover Osteuropa 2-4/2010

In Osteuropa 2-4/2010

City on the Edge
Is Sevastopol the Next European Flashpoint?

Charles King

Deutsche Fassung


Sevastopol is in Ukraine and not really a part of it. The city on the Black Sea is a mythically charged military place of memory for tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union. Today, the city serves as headquarters for the Black Sea Fleet. Russia may use the military facilities until 2017. In return, Moscow recognised the Crimea and Sevastopol’s status as integral components of Ukraine. Nonetheless, there are forces in Russia that seek revision. This contains the potential for conflict. Sevastopol could easily become a trouble spot.

(Osteuropa 2-4/2010, pp. 319–329)