Colorful buildings in a mountainous region of Ukraine

From the 9th century AD northern Ukraine was part of Kievan Rus, the first significant East Slavic state, which succumbed to the Mongol invasions of the 13th century. Ukraine was for centuries thereafter under the rule of a succession of foreign powers, including Poland and the Russian Empire. In 1918 a Bolshevik government was established in Ukraine, and in 1922 the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (SSR) was one of the four founding republics of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR). Ukraine’s declaration of independence, approved by a popular vote on December 1, 1991, was a major factor in the USSR’s collapse later that month.

National Geographic: Ukraine

Ukrainian History

Lonely Planet--Publisher of Worldwide Travel Guides


National Geographic--Inside Chernobyl The International Communications platform on the longterm consequences of the Chernobyl disaster

What is Nuclear: The Chernobyl Disaster

Yalta Conference

Foreign relations of the United States:Conferences at Malta and Yalta, 1945. University of Wisconsin Digital Collection

Declaration of a Liberated Europe, Yalta Conference, February 11, 1945. From the Woodrow Wilson International Center Cold War Files (PDF)

Book Discussion: The Price of Peace, by Serhii Plokhii (with video). From the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

The Yalta Conference of 1945. From Crimea News, Photos, History (great photos)

Contemporary Ukraine

BRAMA--Gateway Ukraine

Travel to Ukraine was developed and is maintained by the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation
The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization established in 1991 to facilitate democratic development, encourage free market reform, and enhance human rights in Ukraine.

Government Portal--Web-portal of the Ukrainian Government


Maps of the World: Ukraine

Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection: Ukraine


Ukraine Timeline: A Chronology of Key Events since 1917--from BBC News


Kyiv Post

LA Times--Collection of articles about Ukraine published in LA Times

Unian--Online News


Ukraine TV

Traditional Ukrainian Art

Psyanky (eggs)

Ukrainian traditional folk instruments

Kolomyia's Museum of Hutsul Folk Art

Contemporary art

Sand animation (video)

Street Art in Ukraine

Books & Biographies

Travel Books

Ukraine: The Bradt Travel Guide, by Andrew Evans

Ukraine (Lonely Planet Country Guide), by Sarah Johnstone and Greg Bloom


A Red Boyhood: Growing Up under Stalin by Anatole Konstantin (University of Missouri Press, 2008)

Thousands of Roads:A Memoir of a Young Woman’s Life in the Ukrainian Underground During and After World War II, by Maria Savchyn Pyskir Translated by Ania Savage (McFarland Press, 2001)


Execution by Hunger, by Miron Dolot (W.W. Norton and Company, 1987)

Ukraine and Russia: Representations of the Past, by Serhii Plokhy (University of Toronto Press, 2008)

Borderland: A Journey through the History of Ukraine by Anna Reid (Basic Books, 2000)

Ukraine: A History, 4th Edition, by Orest Subtelny ( University of Toronto Press, 2009) 

Kobzar's Children: A Century of Untold Stories by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch ( Fitzhenry & Whiteside Publishing, 2006)

A Laboratory of Transnational History: Ukraine and Recent Ukrainian Historiography, edited by Georgiy Kasianov and Philipp Ther (CEU Press, 2009)

Yalta: The Price of Peace, by Serhii Plokhy (ebook) (Viking Penguin, 2010)

The Orange Revolution and Contemporary Ukraine

Ukraine: Birth of a Modern Nation, by Serhy Yekelchyk (Oxford University Press, 2007)

Ukraine's Orange Revolution, by Andrew Wilson (Yale University Press, 2005)

Revolution in Orange: The Origins of Ukraine's Democratic Breakthrough, by Anders Aslund and Michael McFaul (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2006)

Burden of Dreams: History and Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine by Catherine Wanner (Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998)