Time zone: GMT/UTC plus 3 hours
Current time: 05:43
Population: 2,284,000
Political status: internationally recognised as sovereign territory of Ukraine but currently governed by Russia as two political entities: the Republic of Crimea and the federal City of Sevastopol
Climate: varies from continental in the north to Mediterranean in the south
Terrain: steppes, mountains and a southern coastline

A strategic peninsula in the Black Sea, Crimea has a long and rich history stretching back to ancient times. Its varied climate, including its warm southern coastline makes it an attractive traveller destination, although recent political and military developments have negatively impacted the ability and willingness of foreign travellers to visit the territory.

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