Understanding Ukraine: The Problems Today Where did Russia come from? 5 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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Modern Knight
You’ve forgot that Catherina the Great colonized east-Ukraïne en the Krim with etnic Russians centuries before Stalin, resulting in the region being called little Russia for a long time
Булат Хайруллин
Ukraine it's Russia!
why does NO video explain WHY the police and millitary decided to kill its own citizens?
Ines Rivas Aranaga
I've seen Russians comunists more impartial than you
Alexander Yarwood
What's baffling is the fact that so many people in North America have no idea about the genocide Stalin is responsible for. Legions of kids at university's here in Canada and in 'Murica wearing shirts with Stalin's mug on it/praising communism. Sickening.
А теперь посмотрите, что происходит на Украине, а что в Крыму...

(без понятия, как это будет на английском но Google Translate выдал это: "And now look at what is happening in Ukraine, and what is in the Crimea...")
Chong! Jojun! Balsa!
Russia taking Crimea was because of USA military bases. Now Ukraine can do whatever together with USA, but they don't. I think it's profitable to keep Ukraine that way.
Ivan Kruzenshtern
А где мультики?((
Zell Greyswod
Хм. Классический американец. Хочется добавить , что " А у вас негров линчуют" но ладно...
Asya Pereltsvaig
Confusing East and West, eh?
Аделаида Здравствуй
ебать он будто рэп читает
angry italian man
''Ukraine should have Crimea because it's connected by land''
Nolan Koski
Donbas war, oh wait this was posted in 2014
2:24 im from Ukraine and im gonna tell you real story bro, like 70-80% of people in Kiev - speak russian language, and about to same situation accross wholve rive Dnipro, where is bigest cities.
3:35 you confuseing western and eastern Ukraine
Крым Украинский
Александр Шумихин
Ukrainians are traitors to the Russian people. Let them now reap the fruits of their sin.
Александр Шумихин
Ukrainians can not fight against Russia, so they fight only against common sense, logic and history on the Internet.
Joseph Nehme
Thx for informations
So interesting
Emmm, actually the Eastern part of Ukraine is friendly to Russian, and it is the industrial center, not western part, but as the Ukrainian I want to thank you for video. The things are explained fast and very good , except your false statement I described before. Great job btw
To all Ukrainians reading this: The fact that our countries are fighting doesn't mean we should. If there are any "brother nations" we are definitely fitting in that category, since a lot of families are kind of in between the two countries and we all have the same history up to a certain point. Make love, not war
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Where did Russia come from? Understanding Ukraine: The Problems Today 5 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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