As tensions rise between Russia and the West in what is perhaps their worst confrontation since the Cold War, Ukraine remains the epicenter for the potential breakout of real war between Europe and Russia. Welcome to WatchMojo News, the weekly series from http://www.WatchMojo.com that breaks down news stories that might be on your radar. In this instalment, we’re counting down 10 crucial facts you should know about the Ukrainian Crisis.
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On December 1st, 1991, citizens of the Ukraine voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence, a move that was part of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, which happened that same year. Since then, the question has remained: should the Ukraine keep closer ties with Russia or the European Union? When Viktor Yanukovych was elected president of the Ukraine in 2004, accusations of dishonesty and even voter fraud were levied, leading to a series of protests called the Orange Revolution. In a revote, Yanukovych's opponent Viktor Yushchenko was declared president but ultimately Yanukovych was returned to the president's office in a 2010 election. In 2013, Yanukovych backed out of his promise to an historic trade agreement with the EU that would’ve opened the country’s borders, allowing for modernization, foreign trade and economic growth.
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