History & Timeline of Ukraine

Historical Overview & Timeline of Key Events

Updated: 5 September 2016.

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Here is a brief timeline of important events that have shaped the country; the focus here will be geared towards recent events (from 100 years ago or so), located towards the bottom, but we’ll begin with more ancient events first.

882 CE

Kievan Rus’

Kievan Rus’ begins with of Prince Oleg.

1569

Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth

Ukraine falls under administration of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

1648

Khmelnytsky Uprising

Ukrainian Cossack rebellion.

1772 - 1795

'Partitions of Poland'

Western Ukraine falls under control of Austria-Hungary, the rest becomes part of Russian Empire.

Mid-18th Century

Ukrainian National Revival

Ukrainian nationality and identity to consider.

1917

Rada Council

Central Rada (Council) forms in Kiev after collapse of Russian Empire.

1918

Ukraine Declares Independence

1932

Stalin's Famine

Around 7 million killed during Stalin’s collectivization famine.

1941 - 1944

Nazis Occupy

1944

Tatars to Siberia

Stalin deports almost a quarter million Tatars from Crimea to Siberia.

1945

WWII Ends

Western portion of Ukraine annexed into Soviet Union as WWII ends.

1986

Chernobyl

Chernobyl nuclear power station’s reactor explodes, causing infamous radioactive event.

1991

Independence

Ukraine declares independence from USSR.

1996

Hryvnia Currency Introduced

2004

Orange Revolution

2014

Russia Annexes Crimea

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Key Cities & Regions

Kyiv (Kiev) Lviv

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