Free Ukraine

by Taifallos December. 30, 2013 646 views

For many, the sound of the Ukraine's protests is a muffled bark among other world events, such as Lebanon's new funding from the Arab world for $3B to buy weapons from France, never mind the attack on Israel.

The Ukraine has been fighting for freedom for decades. Here's a brief history:
1917-Central Rada (council) setsup in Kiev following the collapse of Russian Empire
1918- Ukraine declares independence
1920- Red Army (Russia) conquers 2/3 of Ukraine, western 1/3 becomes a part of independant Poland
1932- 7million die in mass famine at Stalin's hands
1937- Stalin commits mass execution
1941- Nazi's occupy Ukraine (5million Ukrainians die, and 1.5 million Ukrainian-Jews die)
1945- allied victory in WWII leads to conclusive Soviet annexation of Western Ukrainian lands
1954- Armed resistance to soviet rule ends with defeat of Ukrainian Insurgent Army
1960-1972 - increased covert opposition to Soviet rule
1986- Chernobyl
1991- Ukraine declares independence following attempted coup in Moscow: 90% vote for independence in nationwide referendum in December.
1996- Democratic Constitution adopted
1997- Friendship treaty signed with Russia. Russian mafia no longer patrols streets of Ukraine
2006 - January - Russia briefly cuts supply of gas for Ukrainian use in row over prices. Moscow says its reasons are purely economic but Kiev says they are political.
Previously agreed changes to constitution shift some significant powers from the president to parliament.
2006 - March - Viktor Yanukovych's party tops polls in parliamentary elections. Yulia Tymoshenko's takes second place, leaving President Yushchenko's trailing in third
2007 - September - Parliamentary elections. No clear winner emerges, although pro-Russian parties gain a narrow majority
2007 - December - Yulia Tymoshenko is appointed prime minister again, in coalition with President Yushchenko's party
2009 - January - Russia stops all gas supplies to Ukraine after collapse of talks to end row over unpaid bills and prices, leading to shortages in southeast Europe. Supplies are restored a week later when Ukraine and Russia sign a 10-year deal on gas transit
2009 - December - Ukraine and Russia sign deal on oil transit for 2010, allaying fears of supply cuts to Europe
2013- Russian agenda (Moscow loyalty) pushes Ukraine to forgo association with EU, and join with Russia under Russian rule

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Chossid 7 years, 2 months ago

Thank you!

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Paolo Martini 7 years, 4 months ago

Very interesting Post .... Thank you for sharing !

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David Cardona 7 years, 4 months ago

Great!

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Honeybee 7 years, 4 months ago

Ukraine deserves to choose its own destination to join the EU without interference from Russia. Time to break these ties that bind the people to oppression. Great history outline. Thanks.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Evalizette Hansson Nordstrã¶M 7 years, 4 months ago

Everyone deserves freedom ,great post

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Antonio Gil 7 years, 4 months ago

Russia do not want to let go. Those old imperialisms die hard.

7 years, 4 months ago Edited
Sreekumar Marar 7 years, 4 months ago

You walked us through history in such a short time... thanks! :)

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