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This Pleiades image, acquired 03 March 2014, shows the city of Sevastopol in Ukraine.

The city is located on the Crimean Peninsula, on the coast of the Black Sea. This location lead to the founding on the city in 1783 as a naval port, a purpose the city still serves today. The name of the city is Greek in origin, and translates to "Venerable City".

The city has a population of almost 400,000 and as well as its naval importance the city today is a popular tourist destination thanks to the mild climate in the area.

Ukraine is currently involved in a conflict with Russia following the internal overthrow of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Over a hundred people died in protests following clashes with the police in Kiev during February 2014 before President Yanukovych was removed. The former President then requested Russian aid, and in Sevastopol internal conflicts have resulted in more fighting between those who support the former president and those who do not.

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Credit: CNES 2014 - Distribution: Astrium Services / Spot Image S.A. France, all rights reserved

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