Understanding Ukraine: The Problems Today Where did Russia come from? 3 months ago   06:59

In which John discusses the crisis in Ukraine, and how the influence of Russia and Europe have shaped Ukrainian politics for centuries. REMINDER: Educational videos are allowed to be more than four minutes long.

Thanks to Rosianna for image-gathering: http://www.youtube.com/rosianna

The BBC's Ukraine hub: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26270866
CIA Factbook on Ukraine: https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/up.html
The wikipedia article about the Crimean War is quite good, especially in contemporary context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_War

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Парень Инженер
I am from Russia and i sorry
Алексей Горчиников
передайте автору, что население малороссии умирало не из-за политики Сталина.
это новомодная байка хахлов. которые почему то голод тех лет и потери гражданской войны вешают на советскую власть. и всё гребут под одну гребёнку.
между тем. больше всех пострадало Поволжье и придонье.

автор многие вымыслы выдаёт за исторические факты.
Did you learn by now that the Ukraine coup was made by U.S.?
Jan Nowakowski
Alaska ze Kanada!
hhh vzhxg
Путин хуйло
Alexander Jomov
Correction- Stalin killed 10 billion Ukranians (only Ukranians), not 10 million.

So morons like this author, explaining politics in the west?
Cole Spradlin
A lot of Russian bots in the comments I see
Jesus fucking Christ, get your east/west references right. It’s not the western Ukraine that’s pro Russian, it’s eastern Ukraine. This is basic, come on...
Jesus fucking Christ, get your east/west references right. It’s not the western Ukraine that’s pro Russian, it’s eastern Ukraine. This is basic, come on...
Why does he call east as west?
Тимур Мансуров
It's a lie about so little percent russian language speak people. Real percent of russian speak people more than 50%. I don't hear'd Ukrainian language in any city beside Kiev. And a lived in Ukraine more than 20 years.
It's not complicated and you did get it wrong. Ukraine explained - Ukraine is being used by the United States to create an economic and political buffer between the power U.S. fears the most and Europe. For this to happen, all sorts of evil things are being used, obviously the coup, obviously war which has to continue and can't stop, obviously propaganda, and now the religious division. United States is in a win/win situation at this point, either Russia allows this to continue, in which case the buffer strategy works, or Russia will start a war and get a quick and decisive victory in about 2 to 5 days, in which case Russia will get even more economic and political consequences. That's all you need to know about the Ukraine.
Mladen Ratkovic
heheh  and Viki Nulend in mean time was opening 'flower shops' around Kiev  hehehehe    and J  ..MCkakakin was happy helper  heheheh  this IQ 36 midget brains is actually  full of excrements  hehehehe   hehehe  go get some History Books about EU before you vomit 100 mph     heheheeheh  sad and pathetic IQ 36 midget brains  hehehehe
James Bond
Ребята русские и украинцы выключите английские переводчики тут иностранцев в комментах нет по ходу😁
Sage L
the tartars were not the natives of crimea
Уэф Батькович
I am from East Ukraine(Mariupol)and a lot of people in my region hate stupid putin. People who like Russia almost always are from the Soviet Union.
Анатолій Федорович
Круто , дякую за відео , побільше б таких , ато люди закордоном не може адекватно оцінити ситуацію в Україні
Julie T
The agricultural policy’s were terrible, communists deemed that commoners should not own land and all the land should be controlled by the government, this started starvation, because once there united farms were made, the government took 90% of all the agricultural
Valeri Karpov
"90% percent of people living in Ukraine voted for Independence of Ukraine from Russia in December 1991"".  This guy is lying.  75% of Ukrainians in March 1991 voted to keep the USSR.  In December 1991 they voted again to keep Ukraine as Republic of the USSR with more economical rights.  Then Ukrainian nationalists without any votes made a state crime in Ukraine.  And now Crimea is Russia and Donbas is going to join Russia too but with all Russian-speaking Ukraine.
Timmy Boy
Stalin didn't kill Ukrainians))) You tell another version of history according to West.
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Where did Russia come from? Understanding Ukraine: The Problems Today 3 months ago   05:20

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/where-did-russia-come-from-alex-gendler

Russia is the biggest country in the world, spanning one-eighth of the earth’s landmass. But where did it all begin? Alex Gendler explores the epic history of the Kievan Rus, where characters ranging from Viking raiders and Western crusaders to Byzantine missionaries and Mongol hordes all played a role to create a unique civilization standing at the crossroads of culture and geography.

Lesson by Alex Gendler, animation by Draško Ivezić.

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