Why is Ukraine in Crisis?: A Quick Primer For Those Too Embarrassed to Ask

Why have Ukrainians been protesting since November? It’s a question you might feel strange asking in February. But not to worry, The Washington Post has put together a helpful video that explains the crisis in two minutes (above), along with a related primer: 9 questions about Ukraine you were too embarrassed to ask. A deeper analysis can be found in the pages of The New York Review of Books.

For the latest news on what’s happening in Ukraine, you can get live video and social media updates at The New York Times.



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  1. mc says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 10:02 am

    Thanks, we now know the goal of the US-led opposition is to rip ukraine in two parts.

  2. Baba Olokonla says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    You omitted a small historical fact that Moscow, the present day Capital of Russia, was first settled by Ukrainian warlords.

  3. Olha says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 8:10 pm

    They forgot to say that the division of Ukraine is mostly artificial. People in the east are being constantly brainwashed by Russian TV channels. They have a wrong picture of what is going on in the country. The protests are absolutely NOT about the Russian or Ukrainian language, NOT about the European or Russian “choice” of Ukraine – all those things are political instrumentalization. Although the EU agreement served as a trigger, but all this would happen sooner or later without it, because the country is occupied by criminals. People are killed and tortured; they are starving, because the state budget is stolen by the officials, they work and die in horrible conditions in the mines. These are crimes against humanity. And the massacre that the Donetsk bandits organized together with Kremlin these days is the agony of that mafia (you may watch with your own eyes how they killed the unarmed protesters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSvj8F_Br4M&feature=youtube_gdata_player). That’s the real problem, not the “divided” Ukraine. I appeal to all people in the West: Please don’t listen to those false reports! Please protest in case if someone will be going to intervene: be it Russia or the US! Support the Ukrainian people, who fight for their true freedom and the true independence of Ukraine right now sacrificing their lives for our future.
    Слава Україні!

  4. Pasha Yerbanaut says . . . | February 21, 2014 / 10:29 pm

    Yeah, the fact is that the first Russian state was called “Kievan Rus’” and had a capital in Kiev. So the problem with Ukrainian identity really goes deep. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus%27

  5. InnocentBystander says . . . | February 22, 2014 / 10:01 am

    This is a very poor video. It’s almost insulting the level of dumbing down it does. People would learn more from just a link to Wikipedia than this.

  6. Shelly says . . . | March 1, 2014 / 10:46 am

    Thanks! The article just confirms how you can’t believe the media. Like none of us have family there and we don’t communicate with them.

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