Independence Day in Ukraine

The coverage of 2016 candidates will resume tomorrow. In the meantime, I’ve penned an article on Ukraine for the Georgetown Public Policy Review, where I am executive managing editor.

Today is the 24th anniversary of the country’s independence, or more specifically, the anniversary of when the Supreme Soviet of Ukraine passed the Declaration of Independence of Ukraine in the wake of the August Putsch in Moscow, when hard-line communists attempted to wrest control of the USSR from Mikhail Gorbachev. The coup of course failed in a few days, but it also resulted in the ultimate demise of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the dissolution of the country itself into its 15 constituent republics. The people of Ukraine voted in overwhelming numbers to approve the August 24th resolution on December 1st of that year, and Ukraine’s sovereignty was born.


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