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The War in Ukraine

Guide tailored to help improve access to information and increase understanding of the events in Ukraine during the Spring of 2022.

Background Infomation

Ukrainian People and Places

The country of Ukraine declared independence on August 24, 1991, but the history of Ukraine begins with Kievan Rus in the 10th century. The histories of Russia and Ukraine are tied together and many cultural traditions are shared by people in both countries. Unless noted otherwise, the following demographics are taken from the "Political Handbook of the World 2018-2019" in our CREDO Reference Database.

  • Area: 233,090 sq. mi. (603,700 sq. km.)
    • Ukraine is a 89% the size of Texas
  • Population: 44,776,000 (2018E - World Bank)
    • Ukraine has as many people as the states of Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, New Jersey, West Virginia, Washington DC, and Oregon combined
  • Major Urban Centers: (2018E - UN)
    • Kiev (Kyiv, 2,940,000)
    • Kharkov (Charkiv, 1,450,000)
    • Dnepropetrovsk (Dnipropėtrovsk, 983,836)
    • Donetsk (Donėc’k, 923,063)
    • Lviv (L’viv, 729,400)
    • Odessa (Odėsa, 1,010,000)
  • President: Volodymyr Zelenskyy (Володимир Зеленський)

Some of the resources in this guide were provided by the Russian and East European Institute (REEI) at Indiana University; specifically the attached resource guide was created by PhD Anthropology student Dafna Rachok. Additional recommendations were made by The New York Times, Aristide LaVey at Portland State University, and Caitlin MacKenzie Mannion at New York University.

Political Map of Ukraine

News Sources

Ukrainian Independence Day

Recommended Websites Related to Ukraine

Field of Sunflowers

Video Content

Books at the RLB Library

Deeper Reading

Absolute Zero

The book is a first person account of a soldier's journey, and is based on Artem Chekh's diary that he wrote while and after his service in the war in Donbas.

Conflict in Ukraine

This book puts the conflict in historical perspective by examining the evolution of the crisis and assessing its implications both for the Crimean peninsula and for Russia's relations with the West more generally.

The Gates of Europe

As the award-winning historian Serhii Plokhy argues in The Gates of Europe, we must examine Ukraine's past in order to understand its present and future.

History of Ukraine

Paul Robert Magocsi examines recent developments in the country's history and uses new scholarship in order to expand our conception of the Ukrainian historical narrative.

The Orphanage

Written with a raw intensity, this is a deeply personal account of violence that will be remembered as the definitive novel of the 2014 war in Ukraine.

Red Famine

From the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gulag and the National Book Award finalist Iron Curtain, a revelatory history of one of Stalin's greatest crimes--the consequences of which still resonate today.

Russia and Europe

In this book, Danilevskii speaks of Europe's ingratitude and hostility toward Russia.

The Ukrainians

The most acute, informed, and up-to-date account available today of Ukraine and its people, now in its fourth edition.