Ukraine

Country Ukraine
Capital Kiev
Continent Europe
Currency Hryvnia(UAH)
Languages Ukrainian, Armenian, Belarusian, Bulgarian,Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, German, Greek, Hungarian, Karaim, Krymchak, Moldovan, Polish, Romani, Romanian, Russian, Rusyn, Slovak & Yiddish

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Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries. A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles. Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years. During the latter part of the 18th century, most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, Ukraine was able to achieve a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two forced famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died. In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy and prosperity remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties. A peaceful mass protest "Orange Revolution" in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor YUSHCHENKO. Subsequent internal squabbles in the YUSHCHENKO camp allowed his rival Viktor YANUKOVYCH to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and become prime minister in August of 2006. An early legislative election, brought on by a political crisis in the spring of 2007, saw Yuliya TYMOSHENKO, as head of an "Orange" coalition, installed as a new prime minister in December 2007. Viktor YANUKOVUYCH was elected president in a February 2010 run-off election that observers assessed as meeting most international standards. The following month, the Rada approved a vote of no-confidence prompting Yuliya TYMOSHENKO to resign from her post as prime minister.

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LATEST: Ukraine says Russian officer pushed the button to shoot down MH17 - fox6now.com

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LATEST: Ukraine says Russian officer pushed the button to shoot down MH17
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KIEV, Ukraine (CNN) — As bodies from Thursday's air disaster reached a facility Tuesday in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the Ukrainian government ratcheted up its accusations against Moscow, saying a Russian officer shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
More Bodies Possible at Ukraine Crash Site, Forensics Officials SayNew York Times
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Putin inadvertently distances himself from the Ukraine rebels he's been backing - Vox

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Putin inadvertently distances himself from the Ukraine rebels he's been backing
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President Vladimir Putin appears to be inadvertently distancing himself from the actions of eastern Ukrainian separatists as his government faces increasing criticism over the shootdown of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday. Putin's comments to ...
Bodies from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 began leaving the ...Los Angeles Times
Time for Ukraine to divideSydney Morning Herald
UPDATE 2-Russia challenges accusations that Ukraine rebels shot down airlinerReuters
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A hard-bitten Ukrainian town is a way station for Flight 17 bodies - Washington Post

A hard-bitten Ukrainian town is a way station for Flight 17 bodies
Washington Post
At a sleepy whitewashed station in this run-down Ukrainian town, the cars had become a charnel-house collection point for bodies gathered from the rolling fields of wheat and sunflowers. A separatist struggle that began three months ago had already ...
Dutch expert says Ukraine body recovery team 'did a hell of a job'Reuters

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Map: Here's how much of Ukraine is under rebel control - Vox

Map: Here's how much of Ukraine is under rebel control
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Over the weekend, Russia-backed rebels seized control of the MH17 crash site in eastern Ukraine and blocked access as respondents tried to recover evidence and bodies. To understand how that's possible, it's first important to see just how much ...



Malaysia Airlines Black Boxes Handed Over By Ukraine Rebels To Experts - Huffington Post

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Malaysia Airlines Black Boxes Handed Over By Ukraine Rebels To Experts
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DONETSK, Ukraine, July 22 (Reuters) - A senior separatist leader, Aleksander Borodai, handed over two black boxes from an airliner downed over eastern Ukraine to Malaysian experts in the city of Donetsk in the early hours of Tuesday. "Here they are ...
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukraine accuses pro-Russian rebels of removing ...The Independent
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Ukraine separatists use plane crash to promote cause - USA TODAY

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Ukraine separatists use plane crash to promote cause
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HRABOVE, Ukraine — Signs reading "Save the Donbass people from the Ukrainian Army" — a reference to a stronghold of pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine — line the road leading to the fields where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crashed. They're a ...
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MH17: EU imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine - Toronto Star

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MH17: EU imposes new sanctions on Russia over Ukraine
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Citing mounting evidence, Kyiv and Washington have built a case that a Russian-made missile fired by pro-Moscow separatists in Ukraine brought down the Boeing 777 airliner, killing all 298 people on board, nearly two-thirds of them Dutch citizens.
European Union imposes new sanctions against Russian officials following ...Fox News
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MH17 crash: MEPs call for solidarity with Ukraine and sanctions against RussiaEU News
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Ukraine Ready to Hand MH17 Investigation Over to Dutch - TIME

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Ukraine Ready to Hand MH17 Investigation Over to Dutch
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Personnel from the Ukrainian Emergencies Ministry load the bodies of victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 into a truck at the crash site on July 21, 2014 in Grabovo, Ukraine. Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images ...



Russians Fed Conspiracy Theories on Ukraine Crash - ABC News

Russians Fed Conspiracy Theories on Ukraine Crash
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Russian news consumers are getting plenty of explanations for the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which killed 298 people. While they vary wildly in content, all point the finger at Ukraine. None admits the possibility that Russia may bear ...



Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site - Reuters India

Reuters India

Bodies, black boxes handed over from Ukraine crash site
Reuters India
DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - The remains of some of the nearly 300 victims of the Malaysia Airlines plane downed over Ukraine were making their way to the Netherlands on Tuesday as a senior Ukrainian separatist leader handed over the plane's black ...