The Conflict And Conflict Between Russia, Ukraine And Ukraine

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Much debate and conflict is occurring between Russia, Ukraine, and Crimea. These countries’ past conflicts have contributed to the current crisis. Crimea, as well as East Ukraine, wants to join Russia. This has led to past promises being broken and worldwide debate about what Russia should do. While countries around the world have responded to this conflict, their actions don’t appear to have a large effect on the actions of Ukraine or Russia. While Crimea has become a part of Russia, there is still a large struggle ensuing in Ukraine. With the way things are going now, there appears to be no end in sight. The beginning of conflicts between Russia and Ukraine began in the 1900s. Ukraine, for a while, was controlled by Poland. After World War I, Russia was gaining power in Ukraine. Parts of Ukraine were claimed by Poland, and other parts by Russia (Yekelchyk). During this time, there were two famines in Ukraine that led to millions of deaths. In response, Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Premier, tried to alleviate some of Ukraine’s suffering. In 1954, he gave Crimea to Ukraine. Crimea had been a part of Russia since 1783, so it had historical importance (Taylor). Russia also fought the Crimean War from 1853 to 1856. Although they lost, Crimea remained a …show more content…
The event that sparked this new crisis occurred in November of 2013 when Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s president, didn’t sign an agreement with the European Union. This was a trade agreement as well as a political agreement, which committed Ukraine to follow certain European values and principles (McLaughlin). Instead of making a deal with the EU, Yanukovych took a $15 billion loan from Russia to head towards a “Eurasian Union” with Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia. This led to protests in the Maidan, Kiev’s Independence Square. The attempt to break up the protest led to thousands more joining in the movement

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