Is Ukraine in Russia? | Beth Tacerly
The answer is NO. Ukraine is not in Russia. In the nineteenth century it was controlled by the Czarist Russian Empire, which existed until the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The Bolsheviks were communist revolutionaries led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky. Their revolution culminated in the brutal deaths of Czar Nicholas II and the members of his family in Moscow. It also culminated in the end of czarist rule in Russia and ushered in an era of tyrannical communist rule that would last for the next 74 years until its end in 1991.
In 1922, supported by the new communist regime in Russia, Ukrainian Bolsheviks rose up and took control of Kiev, which is Ukraine’s capital city. Within the next couple of months, they solidified control over the whole country. On December 20, 1922, the new Ukrainian communist government, Russia, Belarus, Transcaucasia (later Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia) all signed a treaty to create the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (the USSR or Soviet Union). Nine other nations would eventually join the Soviet Union to bring the grand total of Soviet states to fifteen. In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and all fifteen states, including Ukraine declared their independence.
Trump is Preserving Ukrainian Independence
In 2014, civil unrest in Ukraine caught the attention of the Ukrainians’ neighbor to the east, Russia. Taking advantage of the chaos, the Russian military invaded and took control of Crimea. Since that time, Russian Separatists and military personnel in eastern Ukraine have been fighting over control of vast swaths of territory there.
The United States recognizes Ukraine’s territorial integrity and right to self-determination. Thus it condemns Russian aggression and has supported Ukrainian defense forces through annual aid packages of American military hardware. These packages were never approved by the Obama Administration. However that has changed. The cornerstone of the Trump Administration’s Ukraine policy has been the authorization of shipments of military weapons to Ukraine. In particular Trump has approved the sending of FGM-148 Javelin Missiles to Ukraine three times during his administration. These are the best anti-tank missiles in the world. They are manufactured by Lockheed Martin and Raytheon.