May 30, 2008

What You Do Not Know About Ukraine

Situated next to Russia, Ukraine’s history is punctuated by repeated invasions and colonial suppressions. In 1986, the Chernobyl accident struck Ukraine. In the 1980s, nationalism was on the rise. Ukraine seceded from the Soviet Union and became an independent country. However, it could not break free from the Soviet shadow. In 2004, the Ukrainian presidential election took place, and the Orange Revolution succeeded. As a small state, what should Ukraine do to survive? What choices should it make?


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Orange Revolution
In the 2004 Ukrainian presidential election, Viktor Yanukovych was accused of fraud. Viktor Yushchenko, the opposition candidate, called for nationwide protests, and millions of people took to the streets. The Orange Revolution began, attracting the world’s attention. The people successfully won back the “stolen” democracy.

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