AUDIO: JRL NEWSWATCH: “A century and counting: Ukraine’s ongoing fight to free itself from Russia” – NPR

Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine

“The past century in Ukraine has been packed with monumental events — wars, famines, political upheavals. Yet there’s a recurring theme that can be boiled down to a single sentence: Ukraine tries to break free from Russia, and Russia refuses to let it go. … Ukrainians thought this matter was finally resolved in December 1991, when … [in] a referendum[,] … [92%] voted in favor of [independence]. The Soviet Union collapsed later that month. But when … Putin came to power in Russia in 1999, he had other plans. The Russian leader says he doesn’t accept Ukraine’s independence, and that it’s part of Russia. …”

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