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Crisis in Ukraine: What Happened and Why

This guide was created to cover the events from 2014 t0 2020 and due to the current rapidly changing situation the guide is going to be updated to bring you the information on events that began on February 24th, 2022. However some othe information is cure

Peace Process and Minsk Protocol

Searching for scholarly materials on Minsk agreement

In order to find scholarly materials on this subject go to SUBJECT DATABASES on the GWU library website. Then go to A to Z list and choose the productive databases listed below. For your searches use key words such as: Minsk AND peace AND Ukraine. (You do not need to say “Minsk accord” “Minsk agreement” or “Minsk protocol” the database will put things into the right context automatically.)

For assistance with database searching please, contact Global Resources Center librarian Mark Yoffe.

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.

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.

News from Ukraine in Ukrainian, Russian, and English

Stylized Ukrainian Flag with crest

In Ukrainian:

BBC News Ukraine

Holos Ukrayiny - parliamentary newspaper

Ukrayinska Pravda

In Russian:

Fakty i Kommentarii



In English:

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

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

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