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25 Years of Independence: The Ukrainian Referendum

On December 1, 1991, more than 92 percent of voters in Ukraine approved the Verkhovna Rada’s August Declaration of Independence. Mere days later, the Soviet Union dissolved and an independent Ukraine was born. The aftershocks of these events are still felt 25 years later, as questions of territory, sovereignty, and national identity remain painful and contested. What did the path forward look like in 1991 and how has this vision changed over the course of the intervening decades?

Date & Time

Dec. 1, 2016
2:30pm – 4:00pm

Location

6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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25 Years of Independence: The Ukrainian Referendum

On December 1, 1991, more than 92 percent of voters in Ukraine approved the Verkhovna Rada’s August Declaration of Independence. Mere days later, the Soviet Union dissolved and an independent Ukraine was born. The aftershocks of these events are still felt 25 years later, as questions of territory, sovereignty, and national identity remain painful and contested. What did the path forward look like in 1991 and how has this vision changed over the course of the intervening decades?


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Kennan Institute

The Kennan Institute is the premier U.S. center for advanced research on Russia and Eurasia and the oldest and largest regional program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The Kennan Institute is committed to improving American understanding of Russia, Ukraine, and the region though research and exchange.  Read more

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