The 3 year anniversary of the Euromaidan is upon us, and considering that the whole crisis wound up becoming somewhat personal on Walpurgisnacht 2014, I'm naturally interested in this particular story.
So let's talk about five key events— the Euromaidan (which began in December 2013), the Ukrainian Revolution (in January-February 2014), the Annexation of Crimea (in March 2014), the War in Donbass (which is ongoing), and MH-17 (which occurred in July 2014). I'm gonna hafta cut off the "reminiscence" to about February 2015, during the most fierce period of fighting, since this is such a recent moment in history (so recent that it's actually well documented on this very forum). The war's still ongoing, and— as it's been since it began— is at high risk of flaring up into a larger conflict between Russia and Ukraine at any moment.
My particular interest is in the War in Donbass. I have a fascination with the concept of a modern European land war, so the fact one is right there for me to study is something like a bittersweet blackwhite godsend. But that's today. At the time, in 2014, I didn't even want to accept that such a war was going on. As I said, that Walpurgisnacht horror played a huge part in it.
But what about you? What were your reactions to the state of Ukraine?
Let's not forget that we had two live threads on the crisis (now merged into one):
I know there's a third one, but like I said, we should keep discussion limited to before spring 2015.