When the news came that an air plane was apparently shot down, above Ukraine it initially did little. Ukraine is in a state of civil war with the pro-Russian population and air missiles have been used before. Following updates revealed that the air plane in question was a Boeing 777 that had departed from Schiphol and was carrying civilian passengers.
The updates since then have become headline news in Dutch and international news media. Not much is certain until a full investigation has been carried out in Ukraine. What is certain is that all passengers died, most of the passengers were Dutch passengers. The Netherlands are entitled to an explanation, Ukraine and Russia owe the world an explanation and the waiting game is keeping many people in suspense.
As the waiting game continues the information war has already started. The U.S says A, Russia says B and Ukraine says C. Information and propaganda are mixed from all sides and the people who have lost someone want answers. As the information wars take place the least everyone can hope is that the bodies will be returned home as soon as possible.
There is a way to add some perspective to this situation. By looking at the past some things become easier to understand. On a historical map it becomes very clear that Ukraine lies between the continents Europe and Asia. Below Ukraine is the Black Sea and below the Black Sea there is Turkey. By its location alone Ukraine connected two continents.
Next there is the history of Ukraine. I am no expert here, my knowledge is limited. Ukraine has had different rulers and inhabitants throughout history and the land was often carved up and divided. When the old Ottoman Empire crumbled, Russia saw opportunities. In 1853 the Crimean War took place and led to the 1856 Treaty of Paris. Under that treaty The Black Sea region remained neutral and Russia was halted.
Between 1856 and 1920 Ukraine was ruled by Russia with varying degrees of autonomy through the years. This period is quite complex as many developments shaped Ukraine. In 1917 the Russian Revolution was a fact and the Russian Tsar was replaced by the Communist Party. Between 1917 and 1920 Ukraine tried to become an independent state but internal divisions and wars were big obstacles. From 1921 to 1991 though Ukraine became part of the Soviet Union.
In 1928 Stalin, the leader of the Communist Party launched his first five-year plan. Ukraine was to be industrialised and to become a modern part of the Soviet Union. Under the Communist Party no form of independence or autonomy was accepted. The party decided on everything in its territories. To modernise Ukraine the old agricultural villages were still an obstacle for Stalin. The famine of 1932-1933 is by some described as a direct attempt to destroy the Ukrainian agricultural villages. Stalin was so successful that six to eight million people died. Some people call the famine a genocide.
To compensate for the dead workers, a population of Russian people was migrated to the stricken lands. This group of Russians was loyal to the Communist Party and continued the modernisation of Ukraine’s industries. After the famine a number of purges took place in which Ukraine nationalism was repressed and in which rebellious figures were targeted. The idea of an independent Ukraine had to be erased.
Between 1939 and 1945 World War II took place. The war left exhausted and damaged all countries involved, also Ukraine. In 1946 the recovery period began. In 1950 Ukraine was already surpassing its pre-war levels of industry and production. Extra investments had proven effective and Ukraine became an important region of the Soviet Union regarding industry and research. In 1953 Stalin passed away and Nikita Khrushchev became the next leader of the Soviet Union. Khrushchev emphasised the friendship between Russia and Ukraine and in 1954 the Crimean peninsula was made an Ukrainian territory (again).
From 1954 to 1991 Russia and Ukraine had a good relationship. In 1991 the Soviet Union was dissolved in a commonwealth of independent states. In 1991 Ukraine became independent under president Kravchuk. Ukraine became a full democracy with constitution and parliament. Fast forward to 2004, the Orange Revolution in which Ukraine became more pro-EU and later 2008-2009 the years of the financial crisis. Western influences increased and a deal with the EU was close. Ukraine was divided between choosing for the EU or Russia.
Fast forward to 2014 and the Ukraine is in a state of civil war in some regions. Russia pressured Ukraine to make a choice and placed troops in Ukrainian territory to reclaim the Crimean peninsula. What is next is unclear. Ukraine is now divided and the situation there can become much worse than it already is. A civilian air plane has apparently been shot down and someone is directly responsible. Ukrainian president Poroshenko and Russian president Putin disagree about the exact events. One thing is certain, a civilian air plane lies in pieces in Ukraine.
In the historical summary I am sure I missed some details. Ukraine is a country with a rich and complex history. When you look at the relation between Russia, Ukraine and Europe the complexities increase. These complexities extend to language, religion, ideology and other aspects of the people in the Ukraine region. When you want to know more, reserve a day for reading alone. I can only hope this summary is helpful.
Ukraine connects two continents, borders on the Black Sea and is full of resources. Both the EU and Russia want more influence in Ukraine and the people of Ukraine have to decide. The people of Ukraine are divided between pro-EU and pro-Russia populations. A large part of the pro-Russia population is of Russian origin and a minority in Ukraine. Both groups have their stories and reasons. Hopefully a peaceful solution can be found.
Wikipedia – Ukraine (In case the link does not work, go to http://www.wikipedia.org and type in “Ukraine” in the search bar.)
Encyclopaedia Britannica – Ukraine (In case the link does not work, go to http://www.britannica.com and type in “Ukraine” in the search bar.)
Other media: reports in The New York Times, The Guardian and other newspapers.
The situation in Ukraine kept me busy for the entire day. What is happening there is terrible and can lead to influential events.
40 comments reached, no more comments added.
Whoah this blog is magnificent i like studying your articles. Stay up the good work! You already know, many persons are looking around for this info, you could aid them greatly.
With having so much content and articles do you ever run into any problems of plagiarism or copyright violation? My
website has a lot of completely unique content I’ve either created myself or outsourced but it looks like a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my authorization. Do you know any ways to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d certainly appreciate it.
Thank you for your question.
This blog exists to share. If people like what I write and read what I have written I am happy my work was of interest. If someone wants to use my work for their own work I can only ask them to credit me as a the author of the blog post they used.
I can tell you this, choose your business model wisely and use that as the foundation for your website with your content. There are trademark, brand and pay-wall options but some people will always find a way around it. Just be good at what you do best and you can keep your customers. Rip offs are competition, be better than them and add value.
This info is worth everyone’s attention. Where can I find out more?
Historic and journalistic reports about Russia and Ukraine are a good start.
Unquestionably believe that which you said. Your favorite reason appeared to be on the web the simplest thing to be
aware of. I say to you, I certainly get irked when people consider worries that they plainly don’t know about. You managed to hit the nail upon the top as well as defined out the whole thing without having side-effects , people can take a signal.
Will likely be back to get more. Thanks
Hi there every one, here every person is sharing these kinds of know-how, thus it’s fastidious to read this web site,
and I used to pay a quick visit this web site daily.
Good day! This is my first comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading through your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that deal with the same subjects? Thank you!
Check “Favourite Websites” and check out the blogs on Word Press. I like “Quartz” a lot, http://www.qz.com.
Hello! I realize this is sort of off-topic but I had to ask. Does managing a well-established blog such as yours require
a large amount of work? I am brand new too blogging but I do write in my journal everyday. I’d like to start a blog
so I can share my personal experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for new aspiring bloggers. Appreciate it!
Thank you for your questions.
I once devoted a blog post about this topic. See “About Writing and Blogging” on the archive page. Regarding the work, just do it and make an effort. No effort, no feedback thus nothing. Check the “Archive Page” for more posts about blogging and writing.
Wonderful goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you’re just extremely wonderful. I really like what you’ve acquired here, really like what you’re saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart. I can not wait to read much more from you. This is really a great website.
Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read. Thank you for sharing!
At this moment I am going away to do my breakfast, later than having my breakfast coming over again to read further news.
I have been browsing on-line greater than 3 hours as of late, but I by no means found any fascinating article like yours.
It’s lovely worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all site owners and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will likely be a lot more useful than ever before.
Good blog you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find excellent writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate people like you!
Great site. Plenty of useful info here. I’m sending it to some buddies ans additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you for your effort!
Hello I am so grateful I found your blog page, I really found you by mistake, while I was looking on Bing for something else, Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thanks for a remarkable post and a all round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to go through it all at the moment but I have saved it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I will be back to read a great deal more, Please do keep up the great job.
I am in fact thankful to the holder of this web site who has shared this great post at at this place.
Hi! Someone in my Facebook group shared this site with us so I came to take a look. I’m definitely loving the information. I’m bookmarking and will be tweeting this to my followers! Wonderful blog and amazing design.
I need to to thank you for this wonderful read!!
I definitely loved every little bit of it. I have got you bookmarked to check out new things you post…
I do not even know how I stopped up right here, however I assumed this submit was great. I don’t understand who you might be however definitely you’re going to a well-known blogger if you are not already. Cheers!
First of all I would like to say fantastic blog! I had a quick question in which I’d like to ask if you don’t mind.
I was interested to find out how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing. I have had difficulty clearing my thoughts in getting my ideas out there. I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to 15 minutes are wasted simply just trying to figure out how to begin. Any ideas or tips? Kudos!
Thank you for your feedback.
About writing, well like everything else I want to do well I do one thing at the time. When I write I choose a topic as indicated by a title and I write, draft, refine edit and continue until the text is acceptable. When I am satisfied with the overall text it is ready for publication.
If you do not know where to begin just start. You might end up with something you do not like but just start. Usually the first drafts require extra refinements and edits anyway. As you write more and develop your own approach you will intuitively learn what works best for you. First of all, just start writing…
Hmm it seems likje your site atte my first comment (it was extremely long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog. I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new too everything. Do you have any points for first-time blog writers? I’d really appreciate it.
Thank you for your feedback.
Check the “Archive Page” for the dedicated blog posts.
Its not my first time to pay a visit this site, I am visiting this site daily and obtain good facts from here daily.
Saved as a favorite, I like your site!
Thank you very much.
Greetings! I’ve been reading your web site for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the great work!
This is my first time visit at here and I am truly happy to read everything at one place.
I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your site. It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for me to come here and visit more often. Did you hire out a developer to create your theme? Excellent work!
Thank you for your feedback.
The theme was easy to customise. There was no need to hire anyone, just trying out different colours and settings was enough.
Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and also the rest of the site is very good.
Good site you’ve got here.. It’s difficult to find good quality writing like yours these days. I seriously appreciate people like you! Take care!!
Good day very nice blog!! Man .. Excellent .. Wonderful ..
I’ll bookmark your site and take the feeds additionally?
I am satisfied to seek out a lot of useful information right here within the post, we want develop extra strategies in this regard, thanks for sharing. . . . . .
Spot on with this write-up, I seriously believe that this web site needs a lot more attention. I’ll probably be returning to see more, thanks for the advice!
Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Carry on the superb work!
Hi to all, because I am genuinely eager of reading this website’s post to be updated regularly. It carries fastidious data.
I am not sure where you are getting your information, but great topic. I needs to spend some time learning much more or understanding more. Thanks for magnificent information I was looking for this info for my mission.
Comments are closed.