International Media Portrayals Of The Ukrainian Crisis

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International Media Portrayals of the Ukrainian Crisis On November 21st, 2013 public protests erupted across Kiev, Ukraine with calls that demanded closer ties. Over the course of the next year the situation in Ukraine would deteriorate rapidly; riot police gunned down hundreds of protestors, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was ousted from his office, Russia annexed Crimea, and the War of Donbass would erupt in eastern Ukraine between Pro-Russian Separatists and the Ukrainian government. Western nations have been quick to blame Russia for stirring up trouble in Ukraine and Putin has remained staunch that he is protecting the rights of those of Russian descent residing in Ukraine. CNN and RT, a state-funded Russian media outlet, both offer different perspective on the events unfolding in what was once known as the breadbasket of the Soviet Union. Ukraine has been an important factor in Eurasian cultural contact since it was first settled some 40,000 years ago. Since then, it has been a region of Slavic expansion beginning with the medieval state of Kievan Rus, a loose federation of Slavic tribes in the 12th century but had disintegrated by the 14th century. The modern people of Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus all claim the Kievan Rus’ as their cultural ancestors. The control of the region changed multiple times from the Mongols, the Polish, the Lithuanians, and the Ottoman Empire, until the Partitions of Poland, in the late 1700’s, split Ukraine between Tsardom Russia
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