"Ukraine declared independence..." Kiev Local Custom Tip by Tolik
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Ukraine declared independence in 1917, taking advantage of the tsar?s political weakness. The Bolshevicks setup a rival government in Kharkov and seized complete power during the Civil War (1918 ?1920). Ukraine was incorporated into the Soviet Union in 1922. Stalin?s regime forced famine of 1932 which claimed 7 million lives. Finally, Ukraine declared its sovereignty in July 1990 and its independence on August 24,1991, before the USSR disappeared. Today Ukraine is a nation of 52 million with the largest territory of any country in Europe.
On the picture - monument to Mikhailo Grushevski, first president of Ukraine (1918).