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Resources for understanding the 2014 crisis in Ukraine



Many resources are available to help you follow current events in Ukraine and Russia. You can also learn more about Russian and Ukrainian leaders, history and geography of the region, and more. See a larger version of the map here in the World Factbook (click on the map there to enlarge it further).

Library staff at University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies have put together a truly excellent site for following and understanding the Ukraine crisis. For the latest updates to it, follow UCL SSEES Library on Twitter: @UCLSSEESLibrary.

RFE/RL's "A guide to the separatists of Eastern Ukraine," a who's who dated June 3, 2014.

Eric Herron's blog Vse na vybory! Analyzing elections in post-Soviet Eastern Europe and Eurasia includes a number of posts on 2014 Ukrainian elections.

Pietro A. Shakarian, a graduate student at the the University of Michigan's Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, has compiled a helpful blog post, "The historical geography of Ukraine: an overview." Using maps and lists, he compares historical regions to contemporary ones, including cities and towns, along with historical notes.

Additional resources:

Internet Archive's Archive-It Ukraine Conflict (access: everyone): beginning in February 2014, has been documenting the conflict in the Ukraine as it progresses. Selections made by the Archive-It team and subject experts in investigative journalism, and Russian and Eurasian studies. Material in English, Russian, Ukrainian, and other languages.

News sources (access: Stanford only). See also the General coverage section on the UCL SSEES Library's Ukraine crisis site.

Scholarly journals (access: Stanford only). See also the Academic/analytical coverage section of the UCL SSEES Library's Ukraine crisis site.

Stanford scholars on the Ukraine crisis:

Concise, up-to-date facts and figures about Ukraine, Russia and their neighbors: The world factbook.


Karen Rondestvedt
Interim selector for non-Slavic countries of the Balkans, East Central Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, Curator for Slavic and East European Collections (retired)
(650) 725-1052