Ukraine: The First Time Around

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Ukraine gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and has since veered between seeking closer integration with Western Europe and being drawn into the orbit of Russia, which sees its interests as threatened by a Western-leaning Ukraine.

Europe’s second largest country, Ukraine is a land of wide, fertile agricultural plains, with large pockets of heavy industry in the east.

While Ukraine and Russia share common historical origins, the west of the country has closer ties with its European neighbours, particularly Poland, and nationalist sentiment is strongest there.

A significant minority of the population uses Russian as its first language, particularly in the cities and the industrialised east. In Crimea, an autonomous republic on the Black Sea that was part of Russia until 1954, ethnic Russians make up about 60% of the population.

Russia once again seized and annexed Crimea in March 2014, amid the chaos following the fall of President Viktor Yanukovych.



  • Veered: To change direction.
  • Threatened: To tell someone that you will kill or hurt them or cause problems if they do not do what you want.
  • Seized:  To take something quickly and keep or hold it.
  • Amid: In the middle of or surrounded by.


Look into various news sources so that you are able to see the magnitude of the problem.


  • What do you think about Ukraine´s current situation?

Session 6

Welcome to this activity created by Learning Advisor Mr. Gino Legaspi from Santa Fe Branch. Take note of all the pink words, read the text, watch the video and answer the question in the comment section below.

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