A bit of background into the Ukrainian Crisis.

Ukraine broke away from Russia in 1991, and emerged as a formidable European power. It has a huge economy, the second biggest country in Europe. Though Ukraine has always had a history on who to align itself with militarily and economically. The Western half of Ukraine generally aligns itself with the European Union (EU) and the North Atlantic Security Organization (NATO), while the Eastern Ukrainians generally align themselves with the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). Of course, the world has watched the Ukrainian crisis with great interest as much of Ukraine tried to align itself with Europe. This was quickly halted by pro-Russian sentiment in the East of the country.  This was started  by groups of pro-Russians taking Ukrainian Government buildings, and claiming to be independent states. Ultimately just two of these survived, which are now the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR).  DPR being the most known of these two was declared on April 7th, 2014, while LPR declaration was on April 27th, 2014.

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