A Brief History
On August 28, 1921, the Red Army disbanded the Ukrainian Makhnovshchina, an anarchist free Ukrainian territory in the Ukraine. The Russians, during the Russian Civil War, 1917 to 1923, sought to keep the Russian Empire together while the formation of the USSR took place.
Russia has long sought to control Ukraine and Ukrainians, and Ukrainians have long sought their own independence. Not only was the Soviet era, 1922 to 1991, brutal for Ukrainians, but the breakup of the USSR in 1991 left Ukraine an impoverished country with worthless Russian guarantees of their borders and national integrity.
Probably the worst Russian outrage against the Ukraine was the so called “Holodomor,” an intentional starvation of Ukrainians in 1932 and 1933, that resulted in as many as 12 million Ukrainians starving to death.
Now in the 21st Century, Russia is at it again, invading Ukraine in 2014 and annexing the Crimea and in 2022 with a general invasion of Ukraine. Will this aggression ever end? You tell us!
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For more information, please see…
Captivating History. History of Eastern Europe: A Captivating Guide to a Shortened History of Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Moldova, Belarus, and Romania. Captivating History, 2021.
Plokhy, Serhii. The Gates of Europe (History of Ukraine). Basic Books, 2021.
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