From Soviet Past to European Future: Ukraine’s Geopolitical Self-Determination

Dec. 4, 2023
Wilson Center

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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