Crisis in Ukraine: How It Gathered, Where It's Headed

By Brent Murray and Andrew Langley/QuickTake - 2014-03-06T00:10:04Z

Photograph by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images

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Enter Putin

Dec. 17, 2013 

After meeting with Yanukovych in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin announces a series of agreements to boost trade and industrial cooperation with Ukraine. Ukraine and Russia trace their roots to the ninth century, when tribes founded Kievan Rus around modern-day Kiev. Ukraine has struggled to forge a national identity, falling under Moscow’s sway through most of the Russian and Soviet empires. The nation of 45 million is divided between the Russian-speaking regions of the east and the Ukrainian-speaking provinces of the west, near the border with Poland, Slovakia and Hungary.