Crimea One Year After Annexation by Russia Is Isolated From World

March 16, 2015 10:18 AM

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SIMFEROPOL, Crimea — The McDonald's in the coastal city of Yalta used to be one of the busiest restaurants on the waterfront. It now stands closed "due to circumstances beyond our control," according to a chewed-up note on the door. While the Golden Arches stay dark, Russian flags top nearby buildings.

Celebrations took take place in Crimea on Monday to celebrate the one-year anniversary of a disputed referendum to join Russia after Moscow's military entered the Ukrainian peninsula. But the festivities in the peninsula's capital of Simferopol did little to hide the isolation that has resulted from...

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