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Understanding Ukraine: Welcome

Map of Ukraine from the CIA World Factbook

For background on Ukraine and other nations, the CIA World Factbook includes information 0n these areas: IntroductionGeographyPeople and SocietyEnvironmentGovernmentEconomyEnergyCommunicationsTransportationMilitary and SecuritySpace and Transnational Issues.

The Long Breakup

Description: This program explores Ukraine’s struggle to escape Russia’s embrace, leave its Soviet past behind, and become a truly independent country. Ukrainian-American journalist Katya Soldak of Forbes magazine tells the story of her home country as it exits the USSR, works through two revolutions, and endures a war with Russia — all through the eyes of her family and friends in Kharkiv, a large Ukrainian city only 18 miles from the Russian border. Find more documentaries and videos on Ukraine in Films on Demand.

United Nations Situation Report 2023

The United Nations website has updates on humanitarian aid and situation reports on Ukraine.

North Atlantic Treaty Organization

NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, is apolitical and military alliance of European nations founded in 1949 shortly after World War II. Original members were Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal,  the United Kingdom, and the United States, who all joined in 1949. Three years later, Greece and Turkey joined, followed by Germany in 1952 and adding members until reaching the current 30 members.

Significantly, former Soviet Socialist Republics swelled the ranks of NATO when Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania joined in 2004.

Why has Ukraine applied for membership?

NATO members send troops and weapons into conflicts if diplomacy fails to keep the peace.

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