Post-Euromaidan Ukraine

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Following the Euromaidan protests of November, 2013 and the subsequent ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych, unrest has gripped regions of eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russia uprisings have become popular in regions that consider themselves ethnically and culturally Russian, and feel disenfranchised by the new Ukrainian government and view it as the product of a NATO-engineered coup. After Russia’s annexation of Crimea, critics of pro-Russia forces say the insurgency was initiated by Russia as a pretext for an invasion of Ukraine, citing evidence of Russian soldiers within the ranks of separatist fighters and numerous Russian incursions along Ukraine’s eastern border. Armed conflict has resulted in the displacement of millions and the loss of thousands of lives.