Verkhovna Rada, 2014 Director: Christopher Menendez
On February 22, 2014, once the black smoke from the tires burning in Maidan Square cleared, Viktor Yanukovych had fled the country. What immediately followed was a country griped by crisis. The new government had the difficult task of fulfilling the demands of the protestors, which included constitutional reform, the end to a culture of corruption within the government, as well as stronger ties with the European Union. Russia took advantage of the political turmoil in its western neighbor to intervene militarily through its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and fueling Russian speaking secessionists in Ukraine’s Luhansk and Donetsk Oblasts. Navigating the demands of a hopeful population, a war in the Donbass, and the foreign policy implications of the Revolution will take research and compromise to forge a path forward in the country’s history. Glory to Ukraine! *There will be a special procedure to simulate the upcoming election which will be discussed further in the background guide.