Ukraine Term Paper by Jay Writtings LLC

A look at the on going struggle by Ukraine to find a true identity in its post-Soviet life.
# 118244 | 1,588 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Jan 15, 2010 in European Studies (Post-Soviet Period, 1990 on)

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This paper discusses how Ukraine was a former Soviet Republic that gained its independence in 1991 and how since that time, the country has been struggling to find its own, unique identity as a member of both the European continent and the international community. In particular, the paper examines how Ukraine has been unable to de-link itself from Russia due to Ukraine's dependence on Russia economically. The paper also examines the struggles faced by Ukraine to establish herself as culturally independent from Russia.

From the Paper:

"During its time in the Soviet Union, Ukraine was the second most important part of the Soviet Union economically, which led many of its leaders to believe that it would flourish once it gained independence in 1991. The country has fertile soil and its farming industry provides many goods to neighboring countries. Once independence was achieved, the government attempted to create a privatized system within the country, but this was met by a lot of resistance by certain members of the government and has to be rethought shortly thereafter. By 1999, the country's output had fallen to less than 40% of what it was when it first achieved independence. Since there had not been legislature places on the prices of goods, inflation caused huge economic problems for the citizens of Ukraine. This, coupled along with Ukraine dependence on Russia for certain resources, has made the Ukrainian economy very vulnerable to outside sources. "

Sample of Sources Used:

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"Ukraine" 15 January 2010. Web. 21 April. 2024. <>