Updated: 5 September 2016.
History & Timeline of Ukraine
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.
Kievan Rus’ begins with of Prince Oleg.
Ukraine falls under administration of Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Ukrainian Cossack rebellion.
'Partitions of Poland'
Western Ukraine falls under control of Austria-Hungary, the rest becomes part of Russian Empire.
Ukrainian National Revival
Ukrainian nationality and identity to consider.
Central Rada (Council) forms in Kiev after collapse of Russian Empire.
Ukraine Declares Independence
Around 7 million killed during Stalin’s collectivization famine.
Tatars to Siberia
Stalin deports almost a quarter million Tatars from Crimea to Siberia.
Western portion of Ukraine annexed into Soviet Union as WWII ends.
Chernobyl nuclear power station’s reactor explodes, causing infamous radioactive event.
Ukraine declares independence from USSR.