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The Ukrainian Crisis: In Russia's Long Shadow

… Within a matter of months, events in Ukraine have transformed the global political order that … of the Soviet Union in 1991. A startled world has watched Ukraine’s political crisis unfold as demonstrators took over … insurgencies in Russian-speaking regions of eastern Ukraine. Sanctions imposed on Russia by the United States …
Statue and Ukrainian Flag

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine

… The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been described as a “a crime against peace” and … The Ohio State University   … The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: A Roundtable Discussion … Angela Brintlinger: Hello, and welcome to the Russian Invasion of Ukraine brought to you by the Center for Slavic East …
Ukrainian refugees sheltering beneath a bridge in Kyiv, March 5, 2022.

“The Tragedy Has Never Left Us.” On the War in Ukraine

… The invasion of Ukraine resurrects images of the past: conquering armies, … La Vie des Idées : How, to your mind, does the invasion of Ukraine by Russia fit within the history of 20th- and … disappeared? Bruno Cabanes : The images coming to us from Ukraine can almost feel like they’re plucked from Second …
A group of Kyiv civilians gather in a basement downtown to make Molotov Cocktails to be used against Russian troops in Kyiv, Ukraine, 2022.

Ukraine in War and Revolution

… Vladimir Putin’s case for war in Ukraine is simple but flawed. In his view there is no such … the tsarist imperial state. The borderlands (including Ukraine) became arenas of radical nationalization and social … goals, and the collapsing war effort led to anarchy across Ukraine. By the time of nation-wide elections in November, …
Scene in Ukraine

Ukraine, In a Nutshell

Review of The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know, by Serhy Yekelchyk (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015).
… Serhy Yekelchyk’s fascinating book The Conflict in Ukraine: What Everyone Needs to Know  should be required … take years of study to appreciate the intricacy of the Ukraine-Russia relationship from the time of Volodymyr the … 988) to the present, and it would require dozen visits to Ukraine to understand the land and its people. Yet, in only …
Crowds of people waving Ukrainian flags

The Fate of Crimea, the Future of Ukraine, Part II

… The crisis between Ukraine, Russia, and the European Union/United States … , both from OSU’s Glenn School of Public Affairs, about Ukraine’s struggles to achieve democracy in the post-Soviet … our double feature on events involving Crimea, Russia, and Ukraine.   Leticia Wiggins  So in the first part, we …
The Taras Shevchenko monument in Borodyanka, Ukraine damaged by the Russian attack, April 2022.

Taras Shevchenko, Poet of Ukraine

… stringed instrument, the kobza. Shevchenko’s poems imagined Ukraine as a distinct nation with a people, culture, and … Kobzar appropriated the history of the Cossacks for Ukraine. The freedom they embodied became a potent … example, about a 1630 peasant revolt, included these lines: Ukraine, O my dear Ukraine, Trampled by the Polacks! My …
Crowds of people in Kyiv, Ukraine

The Fate of Crimea, the Future of Ukraine, Part I

… electrified these past weeks by the explosive events in Ukraine: a dramatic political revolution in Kyiv's … was absorbed into Russia, and what the future holds for Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula. ( Image Source ) Posted … the recent startling and important events transpiring in Ukraine, Crimea, and Putin's Russia, all of us here at …
Emergency servicemen and volunteers remove rubble and demine territory after Russian shelling, Kyiv, Oblast, 2022.

Ukrainian Architecture at War

… President’s way of proving to the world that he remained in Ukraine despite false reports from Russia that he had fled … culture, and connecting with people. We need to consider Ukraine’s architecture during war first and foremost because … today. These stunning examples of modern architecture in Ukraine faced several common challenges even before the …
A wheat field in Ukraine resembles the colors on the country's flag.

Ukraine: The Breadbasket of Europe

… After Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, international agencies such as … popular media suggest the wider world had been unaware that Ukraine is so important to the world’s food supply.  In fact, since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine has returned to its pre-revolutionary position as a …
Riot police officers in Kyiv, December 2013

A Postcard from Kyiv: A Year of Reckoning for Ukraine

… 2014 was a year of tremendous and unfinished change for Ukraine : a dramatic political revolution in Kyiv's … into Russia, ongoing fighting in the eastern regions of Ukraine, and rising tensions between Russia and the United … essayist, and prose fiction writer who lives in Uzhhorod, Ukraine. He spent much of December 2013 on Kyiv’s Maidan …
Ukrainian soldier with blue and yellow ribbon overlay

Understanding the War in Ukraine: Insights from the Recent Past, 1991—Present

… Putin’s rise to power in Russia, and the 2014 Revolution in Ukraine.  Speaker | David L. Hoffmann, College of Arts and … European and Eurasian Studies' "Understanding the War in Ukraine: Weekly Wednesday Speaker Series." … Angela Brintlinger … Ukraine … Russia … Former Soviet Union … Europe … …
Anti-government protesters in Kiev

"Ukraine, Headed for a Revolution?"

… protesters in Kiev took to the streets last fall, decrying Ukraine's refusal to sign a trade deal with the European … Plokhii, talked with host, Ann Fisher on the difficulties Ukraine faces.  Listen, or watch the conversation here , and … to clash. … Connecting History … Europe … Politics … Ukraine … "Ukraine, Headed for a Revolution?" …
A memorial to the Heaven’s Hundred in Kyiv. Serhii Kemsky’s photo is in black and white under the words Nebesna sotnia.

Heroes Never Die

… It was February 2014 in Kyiv , Ukraine. I stood in the wet cold with Ukrainians of all … the protests but also because he represented a multi-ethnic Ukraine. Explaining why he came to the protests, he said, … bullets on January 22.   Serhii Kemsky also had a vision of Ukraine’s future. Born in Crimea , he studied political …
In 2011, thousands of ultra-nationalist demonstrators took to the streets of Moscow, armed with tsarist insignia and shouting the anti-immigrant chant "Let's give Russia back to the Russians!"

Russia’s Lost Empire

Review of Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the Making of the Russian Nation, From 1470 to the Present, by Serhii Plokhy (New York: Basic Books, 2017)
… current events in former Soviet republics, especially in Ukraine .   In Lost Kingdom: The Quest for Empire and the … had always been part of Russia. Thus, they concluded, Ukraine and Belorussia should be integrated into the Russian … Russian identity of Great Russia (Russia), Little Russia (Ukraine), and White Russia (Belarus) emerged in the 1860s in …
Cover of The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union by Serhii Plokhy

"The Greatest Geopolitical Catastrophe of the Century"

Review of The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union, by Serhii Plokhy (New York: Basic Books, 2014)
… Those seeking better understanding of current events in Ukraine would do well to read The Last Empire, Serhii … the demise of the Soviet Union. Ultimately, the decision by Ukraine to declare independence ensured that the Soviet … triangular relations between Russia, the Soviet Union, and Ukraine. The treaty was to have transferred sovereignty over …
The Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Rus not Russia

… Underlying the 2022 war in Ukraine is another conflict, this one over the past. In … .” It laid out historical claims to the territory of Ukraine, walking through a specious reading of history … talking about in order to correct Putin’s false claims that Ukraine “belongs” to the modern Russian state. Medieval …

NATO's New Order: The Alliance After the Cold War

… new air forces in the Baltic states . And the fall of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich  ( below, left ) in 2014 and the outbreak of fighting in eastern Ukraine between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists … Russia for reacting to the fall of its ally Yanukovich in Ukraine by sparking a civil war in eastern Ukraine, designed …
Depiction of the eleven-month-long siege of the Russian naval base at Sevastopol, Crimea, during the Crimean War

Crimea: A General Introduction

Review of Crimea: A History, by Neil Kent London: Hurst & Company, 2016.
… Until 2014, Ukraine was a country little known and poorly-understood by … Empire, leading into Crimea’s integration, along with Ukraine (then called Novorossiya , or “New Russia”) into the Russian Empire. Map of Russia (blue), Ukraine (green), and Crimea, which is shown in black because …
Ivan Aivazovsky, a Native of Feodosia, Crimea, is known as one of Russia's greatest painters, and one of the world's best at seascapes. The Battle of Sinop (Russian and Turkish Navies), 1853

Top Ten Origins: Stories from Crimea

… and one epicenter of an international conflict over Ukraine that seems far from resolution. While we look to … no food, thousands died during the voyage. 9. Crimea and Ukraine Soviet Poster depicting Russia and Ukraine. Entitled "Eternally Together" In 1954, to …
A woman on the outskirts of Kyiv carrying a bucket of apricots

Eating at You: Food and Chernobyl

… It's not accidental that Ukraine is called the “bread basket” of Eastern Europe . … organic food movement emerged, villagers and townspeople in Ukraine had mastered the arts of growing, cooking and … the cascade of rivers and lakes from the northern border of Ukraine, where the smoldering reactor was, south towards …
An abandoned building in Chernobyl

A Postcard from Chernobyl

… the 4 th Reactor at the Chernobyl’ nuclear power station in Ukraine , then a republic of the Soviet Union, conducted … … David Moon … Postcards … Asia … Europe … Ukraine … A Postcard from Chernobyl …
A military reservist, called to service in the wake of the disaster, involved in the decontamination process.

Chernobyl and the Cost of Lies

… Energy Station exploded during a safety test in Soviet Ukraine in the early hours of April 26, 1986. The lies begin … with you. … David P. Hadley … Connecting History … Europe … Ukraine … Soviet Union … Energy … Nuclear Power & Weapons … …

Dispatches from the Armenian Revolution

… “color revolutions” that took place in  Georgia  and  Ukraine  in the early 2000s that were overtly anti-Russian, … the Rose Revolution in 2003 ( left ). The first day of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution in 2004 ( right ). The Armenian … Armenian Revolution avoided the pitfalls and violence of Ukraine and Georgia.  To be sure, these were choices …