History of Ukraine, main fact from the USSR

1921
Creation of the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine (Українська Радянська Соціалістична Республіка)

1933-34
The great famine, Голодомор, caused by the Stalinist policy; about 3 million famine deaths.

1941-44
The Nazi occupation of Ukraine.

1954
Transfer of the Crimea oblast (the present Autonomous Republic of Crimea) from the Russian SFSR to the Ukrainian SSR.

1986
Reactor accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The worst nuclear accident in the history.

1991
Ukraine declared the independence on August 24. On December 26 USSR dissolved itself.

1996
On June 28, the Ukrainian Parliament, Верховна Рада, adopted the new Constitution.

2004-2005
Orange Revolution, Помаранчева революція. Series of pacific protests which lead to new presidential elections and to the won of the pro-western candidate Viktor Yushenko on his pro-Russian opponent Viktor Yanukovych.

2008
Ukraine became the WTO’s 152nd member on May 16th 2008.

2010
Viktor Yanukovych was elected at the second round (Feb 7th) new president of Ukraine.

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