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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What people in southeast Ukraine really think of Novorossiya - Washington Post (blog)

Kyiv Post

What people in southeast Ukraine really think of Novorossiya
Washington Post (blog)
Novorossiya is frozen. Last week Oleg Tsarev, leader of the 'parliament' that ostensibly united the eastern Ukraine separatist entities, the Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk Peoples Republic (LPR), announced the project was now on hold.
Gerard Toal and John O'Loughlin: What people in southeast Ukraine really think ...Kyiv Post

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Ukraine agents raid UniCredit in expanding terror probe - Yahoo News

Yahoo News

Ukraine agents raid UniCredit in expanding terror probe
Yahoo News
But Ukraine's financial battle has secured the support of Western states. The accounts of rebel leaders and top Russian officials believed to be orchestrating their campaign have been frozen in the United States and EU nations since last year and may ...
High-ranking separatist commander killed in eastern UkraineCNN
Russia Says It Has No Access to Men Detained in UkraineABC News
Reuters takes photos of Russian military vehicles moving to Ukraine borderUkraine Today
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Will Putin Gamble All On A Broader Ukraine Invasion? - Newsweek

Newsweek

Will Putin Gamble All On A Broader Ukraine Invasion?
Newsweek
Westerners strain to predict Moscow's next moves in Ukraine, and elsewhere. President Vladimir Putin may think that Russia can weather Western reactions if he decides to move beyond the occupied part of eastern Ukraine, perhaps seeking to forge a land ...
Death of Novorossia: Why Kremlin Abandoned Ukraine Separatist ProjectThe Moscow Times
President Iohannis: Implementation of EU's agreements with Moldova, Ukraine ...ACTmedia

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The US can talk to Vladimir Putin and stay firm on Ukraine - Financial Times

Financial Times

The US can talk to Vladimir Putin and stay firm on Ukraine
Financial Times
Coming at a moment of acute tension in east-west relations over the Kremlin's aggression in Ukraine, the four hours of meetings between the two have been criticised by some in the US as a sign that the White House is buckling. This would be the wrong ...
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty: Ukraine's embroidered shirt 'mega march ...Kyiv Post
Depardieu 'Shocked' By Ukraine SituationSky News
Cameron, Putin discuss Ukraine, SyriaEurope Online Magazine

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German MP linked to Ukraine denied entry to Russia - Yahoo News

Yahoo News

German MP linked to Ukraine denied entry to Russia
Yahoo News
Wellmann, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU-CSU, heads up the Bundestag's friends of Ukraine group. He visited Ukraine in May last year as an election observer for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).
Germany: Government Protests as Russia Bars Critic of Ukraine PolicyNew York Times

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Yats To Washington: Please Buy Ukraine - Forbes

Forbes

Yats To Washington: Please Buy Ukraine
Forbes
“The Prime Minister of Ukraine has urged U.S. partners to actively use the investment opportunities offered by the privatization campaign in Ukraine, particularly in the energy sector,” a statement posted on Ukraine's governmental website said on Monday.



Ukraine crisis: The last days of Aleksey Mozgovoi, rebel hero of the 'Ghost ... - The Independent

The Independent

Ukraine crisis: The last days of Aleksey Mozgovoi, rebel hero of the 'Ghost ...
The Independent
In the seemingly lawless rebel-held eastern regions of Ukraine, many factions of rebel groups have emerged in recent months. A “Ukrainian nationalist” group identifying itself as “Shadow” claimed responsibility for the attack. It has, however, made ...
The Times: Ukraine rebel leader killed in ambushKyiv Post

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Donetsk residents feel abandoned by Ukraine, Russia - Kyiv Post

Kyiv Post

Donetsk residents feel abandoned by Ukraine, Russia
Kyiv Post
??Editor's Note: ?Kyiv Post+ is a public service offering special coverage of Russia's war against Ukraine and the aftermath of the EuroMaidan Revolution. All articles, investigative reports and opinions published under this heading are free for ...
IMF Calls for Ukraine Restructuring Talks to Proceed 'Quickly'swissinfo.ch
Ukraine Crisis Makes EU Eastern Partnership More Important: MerkeltheTrumpet.com

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In tiny Moldova, hints of a 'federalized' Ukraine's future - Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor

In tiny Moldova, hints of a 'federalized' Ukraine's future
Christian Science Monitor
Gagauzia, an autonomous region in southern Moldova, looks to Moscow before the West, much as Ukraine's restive east does. And the poor, agricultural region could show the problems a federalized Donbass might face.
Russian Troops In Transnistria Squeezed By Ukraine And MoldovaEurasiaNet
Canadians take part in NATO war games aimed at sending message to Russia ...National Post

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L. TODD WOOD: ... For Ukraine is not a country - Washington Times

Washington Times

L. TODD WOOD: ... For Ukraine is not a country
Washington Times
“We can do what we want, for Ukraine is not a country!” This is the meme, propagated by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his conversation with George W. Bush, that I see emanating from Novorossiya in East Ukraine constantly via the social media ...