Ukraine

History of Territories Annexed to Ukraine

Given the current political climate in Ukraine (circa 2019), I found this map to be really interesting.

Territories annexed to Ukraine
Territories annexed to Ukraine

Most folks are unaware that a portion of Poland was annexed after World War II and given to Ukraine. That’s right, some of modern day Ukraine was once Poland.

In fact, the Ukrainian city of Lviv (one of Ukraine’s most important cities) was once Polish!

And how about Crimea … it was annexed to Ukraine in 1954 by Nikita Khrushchev.

Why? Because it was difficult to get resources to it from Russia, and Khrushchev thought it’d be more efficient to supply the region via Ukraine. And besides, Ukraine and Russia were thought to be eternal friends. It was unimaginable in 1954 that the two countries could be at war.

I like this map because it adds context to events happening in the news — things I’m sure you’re reading about.

Russia-Ukraine Conflict in Crimea Explained

Watch this video for a more in-depth understanding of the crisis:

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