Ukraine mourns a lost science jewel

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Science  02 Jan 2015:
Vol. 347, Issue 6217, pp. 16
DOI: 10.1126/science.347.6217.16

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Months before Ukraine began losing facilities and scientists in breakaway regions of eastern Ukraine, another of its key scientific centers slipped away: Crimea. The peninsula's mountains, Black Sea coast, and balmy climate had made it a magnet for science during and after the Soviet era. When Russia annexed it in March, Ukraine lost important assets in astronomy and marine science. A handful of Ukrainian loyalists among the scientific personnel in Crimea have left the peninsula. Many other researchers there welcomed a reunion with Russia. The Russian Academy of Sciences plans to form a department in Crimea; institutes would be eligible to apply for Russian grants in 2015.