Ukraine: History & Timeline

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Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country of Ukraine and its people; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.

  • Kievan Rus’
    882 CE
    Kievan Rus’ begins with of Prince Oleg.
  • Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
    1569
    Ukraine falls under administration of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
  • Khmelnytsky Uprising
    1648
    Ukrainian Cossack rebellion.
  • 'Partitions of Poland'
    1772 - 1795
    Western Ukraine falls under control of Austria-Hungary, the rest becomes part of Russian Empire.
  • Ukrainian National Revival
    Mid-18th Century
    Ukrainian nationality and identity to consider.
  • Rada Council
    1917
    Central Rada (Council) forms in Kiev after collapse of Russian Empire.
  • Ukraine Declares Independence
    1918
  • Stalin's Famine
    1932
    Around 7 million killed during Stalin’s collectivization famine.
  • Nazis Occupy
    1941 - 1944
  • Tatars to Siberia
    1944
    Stalin deports almost a quarter million Tatars from Crimea to Siberia.
  • WWII Ends
    1945
    Western portion of Ukraine annexed into Soviet Union as WWII ends.
  • Chernobyl
    1986
    Chernobyl nuclear power station’s reactor explodes, causing infamous radioactive event.
  • Independence
    1991
    Ukraine declares independence from USSR.
  • Hryvnia Currency Introduced
    1996
  • Orange Revolution
    2004
  • Russia Annexes Crimea
    2014
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