Ukraine vs. Russia happens to be one of the most complicated situations to arise since the Cold War, but how did we get to this point? Which, if we are honest, is potentially military intervention in Ukraine, and — for all those who have not figured it out — we’re already back in the Cold War! But back to the point of how we got here.

In this article we will look at a timeline of events in Ukraine which have shaped the current situation of today. I will only stick to points from the Maidan Revolution of 2014 and beyond. This is due to the fact that we could go on and on for quite some time about Russia’s involvement prior to 2014… but we will discuss that over a podcast on SOFREP Radio.

Maidan revolution

2013 November — Tens of thousands of protesters take to the streets to protest at the government’s sudden decision to abandon plans to sign an association agreement with the EU, blaming Russian pressure.

2014 February — Security forces kill at least 77 protesters in Kiev. President Yanukovych flees to Russia, opposition takes over.

2014 March — Russian forces annex Crimea, prompting biggest East-West showdown since Cold War. US and European Union impose ever-harsher sanctions on Russia.

2014 April — Pro-Russian armed groups seize parts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, on Russian border. Government launches military operation in response.

2014 May — Leading businessman Petro Poroshenko wins presidential election on pro-Western platform.