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The largest country entirely within Europe, a former part of the USSR

Ukraine was formerly a part of the Soviet Union; it is now an independent country in Eastern Europe.[1]

Location

Ukraine borders the Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. It has an area of 603,628km², making it the largest country entirely within Europe.[2][3][4]

Ukraine holds the worlds most significant deposits of black soil (chernozems) for farming.[5][6]

Recent history

Full article: 2014 Ukraine coup

Since 2022

Full article: 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine
Ukraine Separatists.jpg

Early in 2022, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy received visits from world leaders Emmanuel Macron, Olaf Scholz and Boris Johnson in an effort to prevent what NATO described as an imminent invasion by Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine.

However, on 18 February 2022, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) head Denis Pushilin and head of the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Leonid Pasechnik, told civilians in the two separatist states in Ukraine's Donbass Region to evacuate to Russia to avoid getting caught in the crossfire in case of an attack by Ukrainian government forces. Pushilin said Russian officials in the neighbouring Rostov Region expected an inflow of 700,000 evacuees. He urged people “to heed to the warning and take the right decision,” saying that the relocation would be temporary and would save lives.[7]

Corruption

Gallup reported in 2019 that "Just 9% of Ukrainian residents have confidence in the national government, the lowest confidence level in the world for the second straight year".[8]

COVID

Full article: Covid-19

In 2021, Ukraine received 54,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine as "humanitarian" aid from the Government of Lithuania. The country plans to later provide Ukraine with another 77,000 doses of this vaccine.[9]

Anti-vaxxers are allegedly paving the way for Russian invasion.[10]

Arms Production

Ukraine was the #9 nation worldwide as regards arms exports from 2012-2016.[11]

Nuclear weapons

Full article: Ukraine/Nuclear weapons

Ukraine destroyed the nuclear weapons in it's arsenal following the Budapest Memorandum in 1994. The decision was called a historic mistake by some and there were clear statements to the effect more recently, that nuclear rearmament was thought of as a possible option.

NATO

The country is aspiring to become NATO member. At the beginning of 2015 the Ukrainian ambassador to Turkey said the Ukrainian armed forces were being funded, trained and equipped for eventual NATO membership.[12] The process, NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP), was first attempted 2008 and strongly pushed for by the Bush administration,[13][14][15] which continued in the process for "distinctive partnership" in 2012,[16] for which the integration of Ukraine's Special Forces into the NATO structure, NATO Response Force (NRF), is a stepping stone, which started 1 January 2014.[17][18][19] By 2017 the DRIVE remarked how Ukrainian special operations forces show a steady increase in Western influence through gear and weapons they carry.[20] In June 2019 units from Ukraine reached the certification status[21][22] and became qualified to be deployed and operate under the umbrella of NATO’s Response Force.[23]


 

An event carried out

EventLocationDescription
Evacuation from AfghanistanAfghanistanThe evacuation of foreigners from Afghanistan, one of the largest airlifts in history

 

Related Quotations

PageQuoteAuthorDate
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine“I asked them – are you with us?” Zelensky said. “They answered that they are with us, but they don’t want to take us into the alliance. I’ve asked 27 leaders of Europe, if Ukraine will be in NATO, I’ve asked them directly — all are afraid and did not respond We were left by ourselves. Who is ready to go to war for us? Honestly, I don’t see anybody. Who is ready to give Ukraine guarantees of NATO membership? Honestly, everybody is afraid”Russia Today
Volodymyr Zelensky
24 February 2022
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine“The bitter truth is that Washington's foreign policy establishment never actually considered Zelensky - or his predecessor Poroshenko - to be allies or partners of the United States. Overflowing with a toxic mix of ignorance, arrogance, and extreme cynicism, Washington's elites have always viewed Ukraine as a tool to "regime-change" a Russia that, after its post-Yeltsin recovery, would no longer take its direction from them. The false gods of American exceptionalism are jealous ones indeed.”Daniel McAdams26 February 2022
Azov Battalion“In 2014, when the volunteer squads were defending the country, many of their appeals were quite radical against the Russian Federation. They were volunteers and it was their personal point of view. The Azov battalion are not volunteers, but are part of the National Guard. They are the official army of our state. Those who wanted to engage in politics - they were engaged in politics. Those who decided to be in the AFU, they became part of the AFU,”Volodymyr Zelensky2014
Patrick Lancaster“I mean the people that were born there before 1956 were born in Russia so it just makes sense to them to go back and then once I was there for the referendum and then once that kind of fizzled off and started calming down once you know Russia was in, and you know you know it was a done deal for pretty much, then Donetsk started to develop so I ended up going to Donetsk here and staying showing the referendum here as well again.

It was a lot different than the west was making it out to see, you know, seeing the fact that there's no Ukrainian language that's spoken here.

There's you know the vast majority of the population is ethnically Russian and they all you know would like to consider this, you know this area part of Russia I mean they definitely do now at that point.”
Patrick Lancaster
Cyrus Janssen
2022
Patrick Lancaster“I mean I'm just I've been working here on this side of the contact line and the anti-Ukraine government territory so I've only been able to show what happened here, but what I've seen here with my own eyes is indiscriminate shelling of civilian areas year after year by Ukrainian forces. Indiscriminate and targeted in fact, just last month (..) two civilian electric plants targeted by Ukrainian forces. (...)

Now that the war is really hot attacks are coming in every hour, and I mean the only thing that's being shown in the west is the results of Russian attacks on Ukraine, but what the west isn't showing is every day here in Donetsk there is attacks from Ukraine controlled territory Ukraine attacking the civilian population here. In the last 12 days there has been 19 civilians killed.

I mean it's not a huge amount like across Ukraine right now but in the last 12 days in the Donetsk people's republic controlled territory there's been 19 civilians killed and I believe 27 injured and these are results of Ukrainian attacks on mostly civilian areas of course battle's been raging on the front line since this new development happened and even before, but so you know a lot of the shells are hitting civilian areas and I assume a lot are hitting military areas as well... Those aren't as free to report on as the other ones.”
Patrick Lancaster
Cyrus Janssen
2022
Nieuwsuur“We thought let's stand there so that the Berkut won't shoot as they won't shoot when western people would stand there between Ukrainians. The idea from several people that Mr. Putin would sit in his chair watching us on TV and say: "Let's invade Ukraine" is nonsense”Hans van Baalen
Vladimir Putin“Whoever would try to stop us and further create threats to our country, to our people, should know that Russia’s response will be immediate and lead you to such consequences that you have never faced in your history. We are ready for any outcome.”Vladimir Putin
ThePrint
21 February 2022
Russia/Encirclement“Unfortunately, it’s US “diplomacy” which brought the US, Russia, Ukraine, and NATO to the current standoff. As the Warsaw Pact disintegrated and the Soviet Union collapsed, US encouragement for those events included pledges that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization wouldn’t take advantage of the situation to expand eastward. Since then, NATO has inexorably pushed in that direction, nearly doubling the number of member states. Thanks, US “diplomacy.”

Things began coming to a head with the US-sponsored coup in Ukraine that replaced its “Russia-friendly” regime with a “US/Europe-friendly” regime in 2014, courtesy of Barack Obama. Thanks, US “diplomacy.”

Then in 2019, the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, which forbade the US to place missiles within surprise strike distance of Russia, and Russia to place similar missiles within surprise strike distance of NATO. The US followed up by placing exactly such missiles in Poland, courtesy of Donald Trump. Some “diplomacy.”... Then the US went into overdrive (courtesy of Trump and Biden) against the opening of a pipeline (Nord Stream 2) which would have supplied Russian natural gas to Germany. The pipeline would have been a force for peace insofar as Russia likes to sell natural gas (at a fraction of prices the US can offer), and Germans like to not freeze to death.”
Thomas Knapp2021
Mark Rutte“I'm totally, totally, totally against referendums on multilateral agreements.”Mark Rutte
Richard SakwaNATO exists to manage the risks created by its existence.”Richard Sakwa2015

 

Events

EventDescription
"Bucha massacre"
2014 Ukraine coup/Civil war
2014 Ukraine coup/Odessa massacreEvents in Odessa culminating in the deaths of 48 (official narrative) and up to 120 (evidence-based alternative narrative) anti-Kiev Junta demonstrators by fire, gun-shots and beatings in and around the Odessa Trade Union building on 2 May 2014
2022 Russian invasion of UkraineIn a new episode of Cold War 2.0 Russia forcefully halted NATO expansion by invading Ukraine, with financial support of China. Although the EU and US denounced the "war crimes" as multiple cities were bombed, several countries opted less severe sanctions to keep importing diamonds and luxury goods and gas (and their loaned money) from Russia, seemingly creating a new iron curtain in Eastern Europe.
Chernobyl disaster
Malaysia Airlines Flight 17A Boeing 777-200 plane, of Malaysian Airlines, which crashed in Ukraine, east of Donetsk on 17 July 2014, killing all 298 on board. President of Malaysia Mahathir Mohamad was very suspicious of the immediate sole blaming of Russia.
Orange Revolution2004-05 colour revolution in the Ukraine
Project AERODYNAMICProgram to provide funding and equipment for anti-Soviet resistance groups in Ukraine

 

Groups Headquartered Here

GroupStartDescription
Chernivtsi University1875Founded in 1875 as the Austrian-Hungarian Franz-Josephs-Universität
Kyiv National Economic University
Kyiv National University of Trade and Economics4 March 1966
Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv

 

Citizens of Ukraine on Wikispooks

TitleBornDiedDescription
Leonid Brezhnev19 December 190610 November 1982
Oleksandr Danylyuk22 July 1975
Lyudmyla Denisova6 July 1960Ukrainian human rights ombudsman (2018 to 2022)
Yevhen FedchenkoThe head of stopfake. Traumatized by the 2014 Ukraine coup. II-member.
Mykhailo Fedorov21 January 1991Ukrainian government minister; WEF/Young Global Leaders/2022
Vera Graziadei6 November 1982
Daria Kaleniuk
Denis Kirejew5 March 2022
Dmytro Kolomoiets"Intelligence Officer who has specialised in CT and other relevant skills", Institute for Statecraft
Igor Kolomoisky13 February 1963
Oksana Markarowa28 October 1976
Andrij Melnyk7 September 1975
Ihor Mityukov27 September 1952Morgan Stanley since March 2008. In 1999 he became the first Ukrainian to attend the Bilderberg.
Anatoly Shariy20 August 1978Ukrainian journalist who received political asylum in the EU before the 2014 Ukraine coup, but when he continued being critical, the EU revoked his asylum and arrested him in 2022.
Oleksandr Turchynov31 March 1964
Yuriy Vitrenko7 September 1976
Viktor Yanukovych9 July 1950President of Ukraine until toppled in regime change in 2014.
Volodymyr Zelensky25 January 1978

 

Events Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine24 February 2022Europe
Russia
Ukraine
Kiev
Donbas
In a new episode of Cold War 2.0 Russia forcefully halted NATO expansion by invading Ukraine, with financial support of China. Although the EU and US denounced the "war crimes" as multiple cities were bombed, several countries opted less severe sanctions to keep importing diamonds and luxury goods and gas (and their loaned money) from Russia, seemingly creating a new iron curtain in Eastern Europe.
HMS Defender Crimea controversy23 June 202123 June 2021A diplomatic military controversy between Russia and the UK

 

Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:After Yugoslavia, Ukraine?article14 February 2014Thierry MeyssanTelling parallels and juxtapositions between the 2013-14 rioting in Ukraine and the dissolution of Yugoslavia
Document:Appendix A Ukraine Indicators and WarningsUkrainan view of Russian/separatist tactics and strategy26 February 2016Integrity InitiativeUkrainian officers tells British colleagues their opinions
Document:Costs President Obama is about to pay for Ukrainearticle1 March 2014Andre FomineOriental Review's prognosis for the denouement of US-Western sponsored 'regime-change' efforts in Ukraine
Document:Forward Thinking Report - The potential relevance of the Ukrainian National Reform Council to the Tunisian Transitionpolicy advice26 December 2018Integrity Initiativemaking the Tunisian economy more like Ukraine's
Document:Genesis and features of Russia’s hybrid warfare in UkrainepresentationJune 2018Jon SearleQuote from presentation: “aggression will [only] be over when Russia is over"
Document:Invoice to MoD for Ukrainian Visitsuccess analysis22 November 2017Chris DonnellyInvoice from Institute of Statecraft to the Ministry of Defence for Ukrainian visit to London
Document:Is Ukraine drifting toward civil war and Great Power confrontation?article20 February 2014Paul Craig RobertsThe solution to a 'problem' requires that the nature of the problem be accurately diagnosed and understood; the mass of the worlds populations - especially in the West are uniformly miss and dis-informed about major issues rendering genuine 'solutions' impossible - it is the SOP of US-Western Power
Document:It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putinarticle7 March 2015Peter HitchensRare honesty, peppered with obligatory obeisances to western official narratives, about Nato empire-building since 1990 from a western mainsteam media journalist.
Document:Military measuresreport3 January 2014Chris DonnellyA list of suggested military measures to Ukraine in 2014, including "Mine Sevastopol harbour/bay"
Document:NATO goes to war against RussiaStatement1 March 2022WSWS Editorial BoardThere must be a new mass anti-war movement, based on the international working class. This opposition, however, must be developed as a conscious political movement for socialism. This means the building of the International Committee of the Fourth International and its affiliated Socialist Equality Parties in every country.
Document:Nato Expansion and Turkeyblog post17 May 2022Craig MurrayThere is another, specifically Turkish interest in play here, which is very much a factor in Erdogan’s willingness to stand up to Biden over Swedish and Finnish NATO entry. This of course relates to the permanent tension between NATO members Turkey and Greece.
Document:Nyet means Nyetdiplomatic communication1 February 2008William Joseph BurnsFebruary 2008 classified diplomatic cable from US ambassador to Russia William J Burns to the State Department about how Russia views NATO involvement in Ukraine
Document:Pro-Kremlin trolls infiltrating comments on news sites for major influence operation, research saysArticle6 September 2021Deborah HaynesA study at Cardiff University shows that "Pro-Kremlin trolls" are influencing opinion in the West by infiltrating the comments sections of news websites. Dissent from the Official Narrative? Must be Russian disinformation.
Document:Russia-US Conventional Military Balancearticle24 July 2015'The Saker'Further thoughts on the US-Russia conventional military balance in light of continuing NATO sabre-rattling around Russia's western/southern borderlands
Document:Russia’s “Save Ukraine” Memorandum: Prevent the Ukraine from “Going Fascist”article13 February 2014The geo-politics of the 2013-14 Ukraine riots and the US push for 'Regime-change' from the perspective of a high-level Russian think-tank.
Document:The Meaning of the US Saber-Rattling at the Borders of Russiaarticle18 July 2015'The Saker'Some thoughts on the Russia - NATO military balance in light of NATO posturing, excercises and sabre-rettling around Russia's wetern and southern borders
Document:The New Silk Road Will Go Through SyriaArticle13 July 2017Pepe EscobarBeijing is working non-stop for the Iran-Iraq-Syria triumvirate to become a key hub in the New Silk Road (OBOR). Any bets against a future, booming Shanghai-Latakia container route?
Document:The Rape of Ukraine: Phase Two Beginsarticle28 February 2014William EngdahlNATO-backed para-military mercenary organisation UNA-UNSO involved in Gladio-style murder of 'protestors' in Ukraine
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Document:Ukraine and How the West Treats Comparable Events in Satellite and Non-Satellite Countries Differentlyarticle27 January 2014Stephen GowansA pithy, succinct illustration of how, in matters of foreign affairs, the language and terminology of western media coverage changes according to the status of the government/country being reported on, as either approved or unapproved of by western geo-political interests. More subtle than "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter", but analogous.
Document:Victoria Nuland's 'Ukraine-gate' Deceptionsarticle9 February 2014Daniel McAdamsA rundown of the for-public-consumption deceptions of Victoria Nuland in connection with her "Ukraine-Gate" telephone call gaff, details of which broke in early February 2014
Document:Visit of Ukrainian Reserve Officers DraftWikispooks Page13 December 2018Integrity InitiativeBritish forces are interested in what Ukrainian colleagues have to say (including what seems to be some tall tales from a Roman Myhailyk)
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Document:Vladimir Putin announces Special Military Operation in UkraineSpeech24 February 2022Vladimir Putin"They did not leave us any other option for defending Russia and our people, other than the one we are forced to use today. In these circumstances, we have to take bold and immediate action. The people’s republics of Donbass have asked Russia for help."
Document:Would-be German chancellor Scholz jumps the gun on EU expansion eastward, which may provoke more states to follow the UK and exitArticle15 August 2021Paul NuttallOlaf Scholz is a possible candidate for Chancellor of Germany at the September 2021 German parliamentary election. He has warned Russia to expect further European integration and expansion into Eastern Europe. Will this encourage more countries to follow the UK and leave the European Union?
File:OHCHR eighth report on Ukraine.pdfreport15 December 2014UN/High Commissioner for Human Rights


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