The key historical events leading up to the invasion of Ukraine, from the Euromaidan protests to the annexation of Crimea. Why Putin’s belief that Russians and Ukrainians are “one people” is based on a thousand years of history.
What is the problem between Russia and Ukraine?
After the Ukrainian Revolution of Dignity in 2014, Russia invaded Ukraine and annexed the Crimean Peninsula. In 2022, Russia invaded the Ukrainian mainland and caused Ukraine to sever all diplomatic ties with Russia.
Putin has long claimed that Russians and Ukrainians are “one people”, but Ukraine has made enormous strides in consolidating a shared civic identity, and Ukraine is decoupling from Russia. Ukraine and Russia are facing diverging political outlooks, with more than two-thirds supporting membership in the European Union and NATO.