Published On: Wed, Aug 24th, 2016

John E. Herbst, Steven Pifer, William Taylor: Ukraine at 25

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…

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