From Soviet Past to European Future: Ukraine’s Geopolitical Self-Determination
This event is hosted by the Wilson Center's Ukraine in Europe Initiative. On December 1, 1991, the Ukrainian people elected their first president and cast a vote of overwhelming support of the declaration of independence passed by its parliament on August 24 that year. Over the ensuing three decades, Ukraine charted its course in a challenging geopolitical environment, wedged between an expanded NATO and an increasingly revanchist Russia. Ukraine’s early commitment to neutrality soon gave way to a firm commitment to Euro-Atlantic integration, a choice which Ukraine is defending today with arms against Russian aggression.
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