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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Trump lawyer pushed pro-Russia deal for Ukraine, politician claims
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A (Contrarian) View From Ukraine: Russian Sanctions
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A Ukrainian newspaper reported that President Putin is preparing for his first meeting with President Trump by instructing his intel apparatchiks to develop a psychological profile, specifically to “figure out how to crack Trump at the first meeting ...
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Bitter Harvest and the Bitter Present in Ukraine - National Review

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Bitter Harvest and the Bitter Present in Ukraine
National Review
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Ukraine's Unconventional Approach To Drone Warfare Was Born Out Of Necessity - Jalopnik

Ukraine's Unconventional Approach To Drone Warfare Was Born Out Of Necessity
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Ukraine Lawmaker Who Worked With Trump Associates Faces Treason Inquiry - New York Times

New York Times

Ukraine Lawmaker Who Worked With Trump Associates Faces Treason Inquiry
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Prosecutors in Ukraine are investigating whether a member of Parliament committed treason by working with two associates of President Trump's to promote a plan for settling Ukraine's conflicts with Russia. In a court filing on Tuesday, prosecutors ...
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Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash arrested after extradition ruling - The Guardian

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Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash arrested after extradition ruling
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Paul Manafort targeted for blackmail shortly before Ukraine ties forced him out of Trump campaign - Raw Story

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Paul Manafort targeted for blackmail shortly before Ukraine ties forced him out of Trump campaign
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One text message appears to have come from a Ukrainian parliamentarian named Serhiy Leshchenko, who claimed to have “bulletproof” evidence of a financial arrangement between Manafort and Ukraine's former pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych.
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Ukraine: not quiet on the eastern front - POLITICO.eu

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Ukraine: not quiet on the eastern front
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The gut-churning bass of artillery rockets dispels the myth that a cease-fire is holding in eastern Ukraine, two years after the Minsk 2 agreement between Russian-backed separatists and pro-government forces was signed. At least 30 civilians died when ...



Dutch Lawmakers Vote In Favor Of EU-Ukraine Deal - RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

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Dutch Lawmakers Vote In Favor Of EU-Ukraine Deal
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BRUSSELS -- The Netherlands' lower house of parliament has voted for the ratification of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, leaving a vote in the upper house -- the Dutch Senate -- as a final hurdle before the deal, which was signed in March 2014, ...