Understanding the current military conflict unfolding in Ukraine requires analyzing the country’s history and the influence of surrounding regions. The amount of news outlets circulating information on this crisis, whether it is through legacy media, social media, or independent media, create contradictory narratives that often sow confusion and skepticism. In an era of perceived misinformation and disinformation campaigns, this article will strive to be as objective as possible to enlighten those interested in understanding the complex history and relations behind Ukraine.

Borderland

Ukraine is Slavic for “borderland” or “border region” but it did not become prominently used by its citizens until the 19th century. This is an appropriate name for a country mired by numerous invasions and controlled by multiple empires dating back over 2,000 years ago. Some Ukrainians still refer to themselves as Kyvian Rus, which…

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