Tensions are running high as Russia convenes a military coup in Ukraine

By Johnny Lupsha, current events writer

A.D. Crisis between Ukraine and Russia has escalated since 2014. Two separate incidents – the escalation of Russian troops near Ukraine and a coup in Ukraine – took place throughout November. How did these countries get here?

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For several weeks in November, the United States, NATO, and Ukraine reported an unusual increase in the number of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border. In addition, Ukrainian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that two Russians had been arrested for plotting to overthrow Ukrainian tycoon Rinat Akmetov in a coup. The Kremlin has rejected both claims.

A.D. Relations between Ukraine and Russia have been strained since Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014. His video series History of Eastern Europe, Dr. Vegas Gabriel Leululius, Professor of History at Lynzi Young in Tennessee, Knoxville, explains the unusual leader of this event.

Nation in Flux

According to Dr. Leuulius, Ukrainians are divided along borders. Most lived in the Soviet Union, along with others in Poland, Romania, and Czechoslovakia. The Soviet Union brought the Holocaust to Ukraine in the 1930s, massacring its cultural leaders and carrying out massacres. A.D. Ukraine did not gain independence until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Unfortunately, the kingdom got off to a great start. Corruption and dependence on Russia have done nothing.

“Over time, frustrations with domestic politics led to a popular uprising in Ukraine called the Orange Revolution in 2004,” said Dr. Leuulius.

The Orange Revolution, sparked by Victor Yushchenko’s political campaign against the government, erupted when Yushchenko was poisoned and nearly killed. The government declared victory and returned a fraudulent election result.

“One in five Ukrainians came out in protest of the Orange Revolution, but there were opposites. used to [a] Divided between East and West, ”said Dr. Leuulius. “One in three people in the west have protested, but less than one in 20 in the eastern part of the country.”

The western part of the country, which is part of this division, was recently “Soviet” and can remember the past without much Russian influence. Loneliness: Ukrainian identity inspired by their spirit. However, while Yushchenko was in office, little progress was made.

Russia re-entered the picture

“In 2010, Viktor Yanukovych was elected President of the Russian Federation with the support of President Vladimir Putin,” he said. Yanukovych has accused former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko of collaborating with the Orange Revolution.

A.D. At the end of 2013, Yanukovych’s surprise negotiations with the European Union (EU) sparked renewed protests in Kiev, Lviv, and other cities.

The government tried to quell the protests, but in February 2014 Yanukovych fled to Russia, acknowledging that his power was declining. Russian media have called Putin’s ouster and subsequent change of government illegal, while Russian media have called his opponents nefarious and Nazi.

“Russian forces have moved into Crimea,” said Dr. Leuulius. However, Russia has denied responsibility for the killings, saying it was carried out by unknown individuals.

“Russia then officially joined Crimea, in the face of international opposition. Later, in March 2015, Putin boasted that he had masterminded a plan to take over Crimea from the beginning. It was not a surprise response to a call from locals, it was a plan and in fact it was ordered weeks before the referendum, ”he said.

Since then, Russia’s influence in Ukraine and the region has grown.

Edited by Angela Shoemaker, The Great Courses Daily

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