Balaklava is a former city on the Crimean Peninsula and part of the city of Sevastopol. It was a city in its own right until 1957 when it was formally incorporated into the municipal borders of Sevastopol by the Soviet government. It also is an administrative center of Balaklava Raion that used to be part of the Crimean Oblast before it was transferred to Sevastopol Municipality. During the Second World War, Balaklava was the southernmost point in the Soviet-German lines. In 1954 Balaklava, together with the whole Crimea, passed from Russia to Ukraine. It became part of the independent state of Ukraine in 1991. Today there are over 50 monuments in the town dedicated to the remembrance of military valour in past wars, including the Great Patriotic War, the Crimean War and the Russian Civil War. In 2014, due to the 2014 Crimean crisis, Balaklava, along with the rest of the Crimea, was annexed by Russian Federation.
After 12 days of uploading photos of my trip to Crimea, There was some discussion on my social networks between my Russian and Ukrainian friends. Why did you introduce the Crimea as Russia? Why did you introduce it as Ukraine? In fact, for me it does not matter. I have read its history as well, But what we must understand is that we all hate wars, we should stop talking about that, I know Crimea as a beautiful part of the world. Russian and Ukrainian people, the whole world is looking at you as Russian-speakers as brothers and sisters. We need to ignore politicians to be united together. We can be peaceful