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Crisis in Ukraine: What Happened and Why

This libguide provides up-to-date information, news, analysis, maps, and videos from multilingual sources on the Russian-Ukrainian crisis.

Crisis Timeline and Maps

The Cultural Divide - The maps below provide a sketch of the cultural divide in Ukraine before the crisis: according to the most recent census, conducted in 2001, 76.8% of the population was Ukranian and resided in the central and western portions of the country, while Russian-speakers, accounting for 16.9% of citizens, predominated in the east and southeast, particulary in Crimea.

Two maps, showing geographic correlation between 2010 election results and percentage of native Russian speakers.

News from Ukraine in Ukrainian, Russian, and English

In Ukrainian:


BBC News Ukraine

Holos Ukrayiny - parliamentary newspaper

Ukrayinska Pravda

Fakty i Kommentarii


In Russian:





In English:


Euromaidan Press - English translations of articles originally published in Ukrainian news outlets

Mirror Weekly - News from Ukraine in English

Kyiv Post -- News and analysis from Kyiv in English

Den ("The Day") - daily, English-language pages

Ukrinform - national news agency of Ukraine

Moscow Times

TASS - Russian news agency

Sputnik News/Voice of Russia - Features a live stream of news programming in English

Video: Ukraine pre-crisis

50-minute Al-Jazeera overview of Ukraine, with an emphasis on political developments after the end of the USSR (released January 2014)

What's Happening: Information from the Parties to the Conflict

Parties to the Conflict: 

Ukraine - Office of the President news page

Ukraine - Parliament main page

Russia - Office of the President main page with information on President Putin's most recent activities and statements

Russian Embassy in Washington, DC - main page with updates on regarding latest events in Ukraine as well as links to background on Russia-US relations

Embassy of Ukraine in the USA - main page with updates regarding situation in Ukraine as well as Ukrainian-US relations from the point of view of the Ukrainian government

Russia's Military Stretegy

March 10, 2015 - Dr. Phillip Karber, President of the Potomac Foundation, discusses Russia's "hybrid warfare" campaign in eastern Ukraine -- its techniques, effectiveness, and implications for Ukraine and the West. Discussion hosted by the CSIS Russia and Eurasia Program.

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