Mapping the Ukraine Conflict

Bloomberg News tracks the latest information on the ongoing Russian intervention in Ukraine.

Updated April 15, 2014

Ukraine Moves Against Separatists

Ukraine unleashed an offensive to dislodge pro-Russian militants from cities in the eastern Donetsk region as the authorities in the capital Kiev said Russian special forces were identified among the anti-government groups.

Ukraine's acting President Oleksandr Turchynov has accused Russia of sending special forces to seize buildings in the country's east. Russia, which NATO says has 40,000 troops amassed on Ukraine's border, denies involvement.

Crimean Discord Reflects a Broader Divide

The cultural and political divide within Ukraine reflect the country's shifting borders. Much of western Ukraine, where Ukrainian is the predominant language and culture, once was part of Poland, and voters there support officials who align themselves with the European Union. Eastern provinces have stronger social and economic ties to Moscow, and Russian is the predominant language in much of the area. The region supports politicians such as recently ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, who have closer ties to Russia.

Predominant nationality by province, 2001 national census

2010 Ukrainian presidential election results, by province

Source: Bloomberg reporting, Ukraine Central Election Commission, 2001 Ukraine nation census