Everything you need to know about the Ukraine crisis

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CURATED BY Max Fisher

2014-07-25 12:27:28 -0400

  1. What is the Ukraine crisis?
  2. Is it “Ukraine” or “the Ukraine”?
  3. What is Crimea?
  4. So should Crimea be part of Russia or Ukraine?
  5. This all started with the Euromaidan protests, right? What’s that?
  6. Who is Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych?
  7. Is there a series of irreverent political cartoons summing up the crisis?
  8. I hear that Ukraine is divided between east and west. Can you explain that?
  9. What does Ukraine’s east-west divide have to do with the current crisis?
  10. How did Ukraine get so divided?
  11. Why is Russia so obsessed with Ukraine?
  12. What is Putin trying to accomplish?
  13. Is Russian state media relentlessly trolling the US over Ukraine?
  14. Is the Ukraine crisis a new Cold War?
  15. Why does Putin keep talking about Yugoslavia?
  16. What is the US-Russia 'reset'?
  17. Did Putin annex Crimea because he thought Obama was weak?
  18. What are the US and Europe doing to try to stop Putin?
  19. Is Russia going to invade eastern Ukraine?
  20. Is Ukraine's crisis going to become a civil war?
  21. Why does Russia want Ukraine to adopt a federal system?
  22. What does the MH17 plane crash have to do with the crisis?
  23. You didn't answer my question!
  24. What else should I read about the Ukraine crisis?
  25. How have these cards changed?
  1. Card 1 of 25

    What is the Ukraine crisis?

    Ukraine is a Texas-sized country wedged between Russia and Europe. It was part of the Soviet Union until 1991, and since then has been a less-than-perfect democracy with a very weak economy.

    Up_large_locatorThe region has been in crisis since anti-government protests in Ukraine in the winter of 2013. The most recent stage of the crisis came on July 17, when someone shot down Malaysian passenger airplane MH17, carrying 298 people. The Ukrainian government has accused pro-Russian separatist rebels of downing the plane. The incident has heightened tensions in the region and could have long-term geopolitical consequences.

    This all began as an internal Ukrainian crisis in November 2013, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for greater integration with the European Union (here's why this was such a big deal), sparking protests. Since then, three big things have happened: Yanukovych was run out of the country in February, Russia invaded and annexed Crimea in March, and pro-Russia separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine have brought the relationship between Russia and the West to its lowest point since the Cold War.

    A lot of this comes down to Ukraine's centuries-long history of Russian domination. The country is divided more or less evenly between Ukrainians who see Ukraine as part of Europe and those who see it as intrinsically linked to Russia. An internal political crisis over that disagreement may have been inevitable. Meanwhile, in Russia, there's a rising nationalist worldview that sees Ukraine as part of greater Russia — and as the victim of ever-encroaching Western hostility.

    It appears unlikely that Ukraine will get Crimea back. On April 6, pro-Russian protesters seized government buildings in three eastern Ukrainian cities — similar to what happened in Crimea — raising fears that Russia will attempt seize these parts of Ukraine as well.

  2. Card 2 of 25

    Is it “Ukraine” or “the Ukraine”?

  3. Card 3 of 25

    What is Crimea?

  4. Card 4 of 25

    So should Crimea be part of Russia or Ukraine?

  5. Card 5 of 25

    This all started with the Euromaidan protests, right? What’s that?

  6. Card 6 of 25

    Who is Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych?

  7. Card 7 of 25

    Is there a series of irreverent political cartoons summing up the crisis?

  8. Card 8 of 25

    I hear that Ukraine is divided between east and west. Can you explain that?

  9. Card 9 of 25

    What does Ukraine’s east-west divide have to do with the current crisis?

  10. Card 10 of 25

    How did Ukraine get so divided?

  11. Card 11 of 25

    Why is Russia so obsessed with Ukraine?

  12. Card 12 of 25

    What is Putin trying to accomplish?

  13. Card 13 of 25

    Is Russian state media relentlessly trolling the US over Ukraine?

  14. Card 14 of 25

    Is the Ukraine crisis a new Cold War?

  15. Card 15 of 25

    Why does Putin keep talking about Yugoslavia?

  16. Card 16 of 25

    What is the US-Russia 'reset'?

  17. Card 17 of 25

    Did Putin annex Crimea because he thought Obama was weak?

  18. Card 18 of 25

    What are the US and Europe doing to try to stop Putin?

  19. Card 19 of 25

    Is Russia going to invade eastern Ukraine?

  20. Card 20 of 25

    Is Ukraine's crisis going to become a civil war?

  21. Card 21 of 25

    Why does Russia want Ukraine to adopt a federal system?

  22. Card 22 of 25

    What does the MH17 plane crash have to do with the crisis?

  23. Card 23 of 25

    You didn't answer my question!

  24. Card 24 of 25

    What else should I read about the Ukraine crisis?

  25. Card 25 of 25

    How have these cards changed?

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