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Ukraine History: A Quick Timeline of Ukrainian Historical Events


A brief historical timeline of Ukraine, including important dates and events from Ukraine’s past. Get an overview of Ukraine history in no time.

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.

Timeline of Ukrainian History & Important Historical Events

882 CE – Kievan Rus’ begins with of Prince Oleg.

1569 – Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. Ukraine falls under administration of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1648 – Khmelnytsky Uprising, a Ukrainian Cossack rebellion.

1772-1795 – ‘Partitions of Poland.’ Western Ukraine falls under control of Austria-Hungary, the rest becomes part of Russian Empire.

Mid-18th Century – Ukrainian National Revival. Ukrainian nationality and identity to consider.

1917 – Rada Council. Central Rada (Council) forms in Kiev after collapse of Russian Empire.

1918 – Ukraine Declares Independence

1932 – Stalin’s Famine. Around 7 million killed during Stalin’s collectivization famine.

1941-1944 – Nazis Occupy

1944 – Tatars to Siberia. Stalin deports almost a quarter million Tatars from Crimea to Siberia.

1945 – WWII Ends. Western portion of Ukraine annexed into Soviet Union as WWII ends.

1986 – Chernobyl nuclear power station’s reactor explodes, causing infamous radioactive event.

1991 – Independence. Ukraine declares independence from USSR.

1996 – Hryvnia Currency Introduced

2004 – Orange Revolution

2014 – Russia Annexes Crimea

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