John E. Herbst, Steven Pifer, William Taylor: Ukraine at 25
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko raises a flag during National Flag Day celebrations in Kyiv on August 23, 2016, a day before 25th anniversary of Ukrainian independence.
Photo by GENYA SAVILOV / AFP
Twenty-five years ago, after seventy years of Soviet dominance and over three hundred years of rule by Russia, Ukraine declared its independence. This occurred after a national referendum in which over 90 percent of Ukraine’s voters chose independence. Every part of the country, including Crimea – which at that time had a population that was over 60 percent ethnic Russian – chose independence by a majority vote.
The newly independent state…