The Easiest Solution, When Discussing The Eastern Ukrainian

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The easiest solution, when discussing the Eastern Ukrainian conflict, would be to say the country is split between two sides. This split is normally presented right down the middle with a western and central, pro-European side and an Eastern and Southern, pro-Russian side. However, that is not necessarily the most rational conclusion to make. Ukraine is a country that has had its share of invaders and has often been forced to make choices for the greater good of the ethnic populations. The country’s borders have been rewritten throughout wars, rises and falls of empires, and when claiming independence. Countries have tried to absorb Ukraine and transform the populations, in order, to make them more dependent on the Mother country. Russia…show more content…
The nickname “Little Russia” also emerged during this era. Russian became mandated as the official language and Ukrainian was no longer allowed to be published in any type of books. It is also important to note that the tsarist regime was not able to control all of the country. In fact, the western front came under control of the Ottoman and Habsburg empires. But on January 28, 1918, in the midst of the Russian Revolution, Ukraine managed to claim its independence. This independence was short lived after the Red Army entered ‘little Russia’ in 1920. The Soviet Union then formed and Ukraine became a member country once again. This presented many issues that still persist, in both countries, and several other Eastern European entities today. The Soviet Union is extremely important when discussing the current Donbas regional conflict, which found favor as an industrial city and still tends to see itself that way. As a member of the USSR, Ukraine was known as the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR). Ukraine grew dependent on the Soviet Union for survival and at times for their demise. Russification began to take place all throughout the empire. The Soviet Union became very intentional about placing ethnic Russians all throughout its territories and proclaiming Russian as the national language. This is a tsarist mindset for projecting an authoritarian rule. After Vladimir Lenin died, a new leader would

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