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Kerch (, , Old East Slavic: Кърчевъ, , , Ancient Greek: Pantikapaion) is a city of regional significance on the Kerch Peninsula in the east of the Crimea. Population:

Founded 2,600 years ago as an ancient Greek colony, Kerch is considered to be one of the most ancient cities in Crimea. The city experienced rapid growth starting in the 1920s and was the site of a major battle during World War II.

Today, it is one of the largest cities in Crimea and is among the republic's most important industrial, transport and tourist centres.

Kerch (fortress)

Kerch Fortress (Fort Totleben) is a fortress in eastern Crimea, located on Cape Ak-Burun (English: White Cape) at the narrowest point of the Kerch Strait. Built in the 19th century, the fortress was originally intended to protect the southern border of the Russian Empire.

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Russian Federation bordered the peninsula only to the east, across the narrow Straits of Kerch and on the far side of the Sea of Azov.

The scale changed as well, covering the entire east shoreline, running from the Turkish port at Hopa northwest all the way to Kerch at the extreme east tip of the Crimea and guarding the narrow straits into the Sea of Azov.

He pointed to a cluster of yellow symbols over the Black Sea, south of Kerch and the straits leading to the Sea of Azov.

Since Ukraine blocked all approaches across the isthmus, their main line of communication ran across the narrow straits of Kerch, from an arm of the Russian Federation that flanked the Black and Azov Seas from Novoazovsk to the Georgian frontier at Gagra.

In fact, though the northern two-thirds of the Crimea was arid, the chain of mountains stretching from Balaklava in the southwest all the way to Kerch in the extreme east created a natural barrier that kept the southern coast subtropically pleasant.

After Arsincevo, they will cross the Kerch Strait and hook up with Krasilnikov forces there.

His eyes followed the coast road to the northeast, to Feodosiya, where it swung gradually eastward across the Kerch Peninsula.

His finger came down hard on the seaport city at the easternmost tip of the peninsula, overlooking the narrow Kerch Strait that connected the Black Sea with the Sea of Azov to the north.

Jefferson had covered 150 miles during the night and was now less than forty miles south of Kerch, well into the broad, open bite that stretched along the southeastern coast of the Crimea and down the western coast of Caucasian Russia.

Near Arsincevo Kerch Peninsula, the Crimea Tombstone stood on the low hill, peering through binoculars at the tank farm below.

By the dazzling light of the new-risen sun, Tombstone could see Kerch itself to the northeast, a drab-looking city separated by the sparkling blue waters of the Kerch Strait from the gray strip of land marking the western tip of the Taman Peninsula.

Where much of the southeastern coastline of the Crimea had been devoted to resorts, health spas, and recreational beaches, the eastern end of Crimea, the Kerch Peninsula, was nearly entirely given over to the Russian military.

In particular, there was a Black Sea Fleet port at Kerch itself, together with a major refinery and military petroleum storage facility at Arsincevo.

A major pipeline from the rich oil fields of the Caucasus came through the town of Chuska on the Taman Peninsula, then crossed the strait underwater, emerging south of the Kerch naval base and running through the Arsincevo refinery complex.

Hornets off the Jefferson to hit the Kerch airfield and various military facilities all over the eastern end of the peninsula.