And now all three regions are at the forefront of the pro-Russian fight-back against the new national leaders in Kiev.
Vladimir Putin draws on his background as a master spy, testing and teasing the new regime in Kiev and its backers in Washington.
By taking this building we want to show our demands to Kiev and to say that we are serious.
A historian friend of mine summarized the mood in Kiev over dinner last night.
“It was both beautiful and scary,” Nadezhda Kovalska told The Daily Beast in an interview on Sunday in Kiev.
From the land of Kiev there rode many a warrior and the savage Petschenegers.
The Czar has arrived in Kiev for a conference at Headquarters.
I gained information on my way that he had gone to Kiev, where Milolika resided as thy wife.
I had been, in part, prepared for this offer by the news columns of the Kiev paper.
He was rudely carried and thrown into the carriage, and thus arrived in an almost insensible condition at the fortress of Kiev.
Ukrainian Kyyiv, of unknown origin; explanation from the name of a founding prince named Kiy probably is folk etymology. Related: Kievan.
from Russian Ukraina, literally "border, frontier," from u- "at" + krai "edge."
Capital of Ukraine in the north-central region of the country on the Dnieper River; a major manufacturing and transportation center.
Republic in southeastern Europe, bordered by Belarus to the north; Russia to the northeast and east; the Black Sea to the south; Moldova, Romania, and Hungary to the southwest; and Slovakia and Poland to the west; includes the peninsula of Crimea. Kiev is the capital and largest city.
Note: Of the former Soviet republics, it is second to Russia in population.
Note: Ukraine came under a succession of invaders and foreign rulers, including central Asian tribes, the Mongols, Lithuania, the Ottoman Empire, Poland, and finally Russia. Under oppressive Polish and Russian rule in the seventeenth century, Ukrainian fugitives, known as Cossacks, organized resistance movements.
Note: A nationalist and cultural revival in the nineteenth century was rewarded after World War I by independence, which was, however, short-lived. Invaded by Russian troops, Ukraine became one of the original Soviet republics in 1922.
Note: Ukraine was traditionally home to a large Jewish population. Many Jews left Ukraine under oppressive conditions in the nineteenth century, and thousands more were exterminated by the Nazis in World War II.