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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The new generation running for parliament in Ukraine - The Guardian

The Guardian

The new generation running for parliament in Ukraine
The Guardian
But events in Ukraine took over and things didn't quite go as planned. By Monday morning the 31-year-old economist and professor at Donetsk National university is expected to be elected as one of the country's newest, and youngest, members of ...



Ukraine war hero fights election from Russian psychiatric ward - Telegraph.co.uk

Telegraph.co.uk

Ukraine war hero fights election from Russian psychiatric ward
Telegraph.co.uk
Once, these posters would have displayed the golden braids of Yulia Tymoshenko, the party's leader and one of Ukraine's most recognisable figures. The fact that Miss Savchenko now appears in her stead demonstrates the change wrought on Ukrainian ...
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Parliamentary Elections Show Political Turmoil Is Continuing in Ukraine - New York Times

New York Times

Parliamentary Elections Show Political Turmoil Is Continuing in Ukraine
New York Times
SVITLOVODSK, Ukraine — As two of Ukraine's best-known investigative journalists, Sergii Leshchenko and Mustafa Nayyem showed a boundless zeal for exposing corruption and hypocrisy at the highest levels of government. So it set heads spinning within ...

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Ukraine and Russia reach gas 'consensus' - BBC News

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Ukraine and Russia reach gas 'consensus'
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Ukraine and Russia have "found consensus" on a deal to end their gas dispute, according to the boss of Ukraine's state gas firm. Andriy Kobolev told the BBC Naftogaz was prepared to settle part of its debts, while the two parties had agreed a price for ...
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In eastern Ukraine, parliamentary election deepens divideReuters
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With Stunts and Vigilante Escapades, a Populist Gains Ground in Ukraine - New York Times

New York Times

With Stunts and Vigilante Escapades, a Populist Gains Ground in Ukraine
New York Times
ROMNY, Ukraine — AS a lawmaker, Oleh Lyashko has the knack for self-promotion of a radio shock jock. He has dumped a truckload of potatoes outside the prime minister's office in support of Ukrainian farmers, tried to bring a cow into Parliament for a ...
Ukraine's President Faces Pressure from Radical Pro-War Parties Ahead of ...VICE News

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Ukraine Rebels Love Russia, Hate Gays, Threaten Executions - Daily Beast

Daily Beast

Ukraine Rebels Love Russia, Hate Gays, Threaten Executions
Daily Beast
KIEV, Ukraine — In the breakaway region that calls itself the Luhansk People's Republic, in what used to be a Ukrainian government administration building, the place where rebels get together to exchange their most radical ideas is the smoking room ...



Ukraine set to vote for pro-Western future - Yahoo News

Yahoo News

Ukraine set to vote for pro-Western future
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However, President Vladimir Putin accuses the West of stirring up the conflict as part of a strategy to weaken Russia. In a combative speech on Friday, the Kremlin leader lashed out at the United States and said Ukraine was showing a "lack of goodwill ...



Ukraine election: Land of chaos and courage - BBC News

BBC News

Ukraine election: Land of chaos and courage
BBC News
This weekend most of Ukraine will take part in a parliamentary election. There will be no voting, though, in those areas of the east controlled by pro-Russia rebels. Ahead of the ballot, I travelled from eastern Ukraine to Kiev. Along the way I ...
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Why sending weapons to Ukraine would be a terrible idea for the US - Quartz

Quartz

Why sending weapons to Ukraine would be a terrible idea for the US
Quartz
The Ukraine Freedom Support Act, passed last month by the US senate's Foreign Relations Committee, could mark a new kind of policy for the US in Ukraine. It doesn't propose new sanctions, or the “major non-NATO ally” designation for Ukraine, Moldova ...
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Vladimir Putin blames US for Islamist terrorism and Ukraine conflict - The Guardian

The Guardian

Vladimir Putin blames US for Islamist terrorism and Ukraine conflict
The Guardian
Vladimir Putin used a meeting with foreign journalists and Russia experts to rail against the United States and the current world order, blaming Washington for many current global problems, including unrest in Ukraine and Islamic terrorism. Putin said ...
Has Putin Already Won in Ukraine? Sure Looks That WayBusinessweek
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Putin: Russia helped Yanukovych to flee UkraineBBC News
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