Most of the modern day territory known as Ukraine's was annexed by Poland during the 14th century. During that time Ukrainians began to think of themselves as a distinct people. In 1667 Ukraine was divided between Poland and Russia. Then in 1793 when much of Poland was partitioned, Ukraine was integrated into the Russian Empire. Throughout the 1800s much of Ukraine was based in agriculture and not growing industrial cities like most of Europe at the time. Ukraine came under the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Before 1917 some Ukrainian artists embraced the idea of nationalism and were inspired by other living under imperialistic governments.
A chronology of key events in the history of Ukraine, from 1917 to the present: In 1917 Ukraine was declared independent following the collapse of the Russian Empire. in 1921 Ukraine was divide and some became part of Poland. starting in 1932, Stalin created a man-made famine in the Ukraine which killed at least seven million peasants. during World War II Ukraine was occupied by the Nazis until 1944. During this time the Nazi killed off most of Ukraine's Jewish population. Five million Ukrainians die fighting in the war. during the 60s an increase in covert opposition to Soviet rule that lead to repression of dissidents in '72. In '91 Ukraine was finally declared themselves independent of the Soviet Union following their collapse. Since then Ukraine has been the victim of much conflict including the Orange Revolution, then the Yanukovych Comeback. Now, startin' in 2013 they are in the New Revolution.
The war in Ukraine is still raging even today. hospitals and medical facilities are being targeted and destroyed. nearly two million people are being displaced and are at high risk if they remain in their homes. The urban industrial regions of Ukraine are now a warzone, when they used to produce 16% of Ukraines gross domestic profits. in 2014 Ukraine was divided between the more Russian affiliated side and those who wished to affiliate with Europe and NATO.
In the video they discuss the causes of the crisis in Ukraine, who is involved in the crisis, and whats been done about it.
The crisis has spiraled into conflict that has killed thousands and continues to feed tensions between Russia and Western powers over Moscow’s support for separatists. Since Ukraine broke away from the Soviet Union in 1991, the people of Ukraine have struggled with their identity and the division between the eastern and western parts of the country. in 2004 the Orange Revolution occured after a rigid presidential election which brought Viktor Yushchenko to power. Infighting among elites of the country prevented a much needed economic reform. the economy only got worse with the global economic crash of 2008. This revolution also ignited more divide between the more European oriented western and central Ukraine, and the more Russian oriented eastern and southern parts of Ukraine.