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Is it safe to go to Cremia?

So I know there has been some turmoil as Cremia was annexed from Ukraine 2 years ago and is now occupied by Russia. I have heard a lot of good things about Cremia and would like to visit.

Is it safe to visit? Is there just some special precautions I need to take?

Cheers,
Ben

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If you can believe the US government's Ukraine Travel Warning:

Ukraine Travel Warning

LAST UPDATED: JUNE 17, 2016

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to
Crimea and the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, and recommends
those U.S. citizens currently living in or visiting these regions to
depart. This supersedes the Travel Warning for Ukraine dated December
14, 2015.

Russia-backed separatists continue to control areas in the Donetsk and
Luhansk oblasts, where violent clashes have resulted in over 9,000
deaths. A ceasefire agreement established a de facto dividing line
between Ukrainian government-controlled and separatist-held areas of
Ukraine, with numerous checkpoints controlled by government and
separatist forces. The Department of State warns all U.S. citizens to
defer all travel to the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. There have been
multiple casualties due to land mines in areas previously controlled
by separatists, and separatist leaders have made statements indicating
their desire to push the front line to the administrative borders of
the Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. Artillery and rocket attacks near the
line of contact continue to occur regularly. Individuals, including
U.S. citizens, have been threatened, detained, or kidnapped for hours
or days after being stopped at separatist checkpoints. The Government
of Ukraine has stated that foreigners, including U.S. citizens, who
enter Ukraine from Russia through separatist-controlled territory,
will not be allowed through checkpoints into government-controlled
territory.

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So is there other places in Ukraine that are similar to Crimea that are safe to go to?

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Additionally, does anybody have any travel tips for someone with sleep apnea? I was just diagnosed and have purchased the Mirage Quattro CPAP mask and DreamStation Auto CPAP which supposedly is the top of the line equipment, but I'm not sure how well they travel. Do I need to consider getting other equipment for traveling? Any other problems you think I may run into? Tips or suggestions?

Any guidance would be much appreciated!

Cheers,
Ben

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Oh and I found that Odessa is a potential alternative to Crimea! Let me know if anybody has opinions on checking out Odessa

Thanks again!

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Ben Crimea is part of Russia at least at this current moment.

To answer to the question of this topic - as you know, the US Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Crimea. But it's more just words, because there is no actually war going on Crimea. There is no shootings, terrorist attacks and etc. besides maybe the border with Ukraine (not likely you were planning on going there anyway).

It's as safe to go to Crimea just like anywhere else in Russia. I mean, I would feel in more danger going somewhere in Europe, like Germany, France or Belgium with all the terrorist attacks...

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It is safe to go to Crimea but you would need Russian visa.

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In general, it isn't a good idea to visit any internationally disputed territory, simply because the usual legal safe-guards for foreign travelers may not be in effect.

the US Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all travel to Crimea. For the exact reason that as a disputed territory, they can not provide legal assistance if the traveler encouters trouble there.

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Currently Russia presents an ethical dilemma so its not on my list. I did visit Moscow about a decade ago and it was interesting.

Crimea is probably "safe" especially if you are not a US Citizen. Still, same ethical dilemma for me.

But I did return from Odessa in September and enjoyed it immensely. Is it safe? Sure, until it isn't. It is primarily a Russian ethnic city and as such it is under a lot of pressure from Russia to join the revolution against Ukraine. The one attempted uprising was brutally crushed but it could happen again. Also the Russians are putting pressure from both Crimea and from the lands they have illegally invaded in Moldova; and Russian war ships sit off the coast. So the Ukraine Black Sea coast is pretty boxed in right now. Putin even describes the region as being part of his New Russia. So there is no pretending about intent here.

Personally I love Ukraine, but preferred Kyiv to Odessa. We will be back in Kyiv in the spring I suspect. If you are looking Black Sea Coast then check out Varna, Nessebar and Burgas in Bulgaria. All equally excellent (my favorite is Nessebar)

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Oh commmon guyzzz!!
I was in Cremia in this summer! It was wonderful!
But of course i want to say that i was in Russian Cremia. I was on the beautiful Sevastopol's beach
I flew from St Peterburg to Simferopol's airport (near 7000 rubles) and than went to the beach's hotel by a taxi (near 2000)
And my rest was top safe and top beautiful
But maybe it was beacause I love Russia))

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jenn1986ray

Where exactly did you go in Crimea and how did you like it? Did you do a lot of stuff around or mostly just stayed at the hotel/resort?

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redstar
Where exactly did you go in Crimea and how did you like it? Did you do a lot of stuff around or mostly just stayed at the hotel/resort?

i was in the east coast of Simferopol and stayed at hotel Gomer - https://www.tripadvisor.ru/Hotel_Review-g295387-d6905058-Reviews-Gomer-Sevastopol.html - it was easy to book it on the booking com. I forget about my comment on TA but i will write it today maybe tomorrow.

Of course i have some staff! To be honest - I didnt spend a lot of time at hotel. I walked throught old city (i like walk)))).
And i use TA to look something good.
I was here -https://www.tripadvisor.ru/Attraction_Review-g295387-d2453092-Reviews-Chersonesus_National_Sanctuary-Sevastopol.html and here https://www.tripadvisor.ru/Attraction_Review-g295387-d578327-Reviews-Assumption_Monastery-Sevastopol.html

And I LOVED this place!!
https://www.google.com/maps/place/%D0%91%D0%BE%D1%87%D0%BA%D0%B0+%D1%81%D0%BC%D0%B5%D1%80%D1%82%D0%B8/@44.4923581,33.6176511,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x4095206dbc40f499:0x6067d7a7b12e26d5!8m2!3d44.4923581!4d33.6198398 (or write BOCHKA SMERTI)