Russia and Ukraine

By kieo
  • Ukraine gains independence from the USSR

    In 1991, Ukraine became an independent nation after separating from the Soviet Union. This was a result of the collapse and dissolution of the USSR.
  • The Cassette Scandal

    The cassette scandal was a Ukrainian political scandal in November 2000 in which Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma was caught on tape ordering the months-earlier kidnapping of journalist Georgiy Gongadze, whose decapitated corpse had recently been found.
  • The Election of President Putin

    In the year 2000, Vladimir Putin was elected as the President of Russia. This marked the beginning of his long tenure as a leader of the country.
  • The Orange Revolution

    The Orange Revolution was a series of protests and political events that took place in Ukraine in late 2004, following a disputed presidential election. The protests resulted in a new election and the victory of opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko.
  • Crimean Crisis

    In 2014, tensions between Ukraine and Russia escalated after the annexation of Crimea by Russian forces. Protests and violence erupted in the Crimean peninsula, leading to the displacement of thousands of people and ongoing political turmoil in the region.
  • Election of President Zelenskyy

    In 2019, Volodymyr Zelenskyy was elected as the President of Ukraine. He won with a landslide victory, receiving over 73% of the vote.
  • Russian Invasion of Ukraine

    On 24 February 2022, Russia invaded and occupied parts of Ukraine in a major escalation of the Russo-Ukrainian War, which began in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea. The invasion has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths on both sides and instigated Europe's largest refugee crisis since World War II. About 8 million Ukrainians were displaced within their country by June, and more than 8.1 million had fled the country by March 2023.
  • Battle of Kyiv

    The Battle of Kyiv was part of the Kyiv offensive in the Russian invasion of Ukraine for control of Kyiv, the capital city of Ukraine, and surrounding districts.