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Ukraine’s Story

All about the country and why it’s in the news.

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Ukraine has been in the news lately. People are talking about the country because of a scandal linked to President Donald Trump. Democrats in the House of Representatives may try to impeach Trump over this story. This means they could try to “fire” him from his job as president. The talk centers on a phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

What’s Up with Ukraine?

A government worker made a complaint against Trump. This person says Trump tried to make Zelensky investigate Joe Biden, the former Vice President. Biden may run against Trump in the 2020 election.

The person who filed the complaint said that President Trump threatened not to give money to Ukraine if it refuses to investigate Biden. If this is true, President Trump may have broken the law or acted wrongly. Then again, it is not clear that the president is guilty of wrongdoing.

History of Ukraine

Ukraine is located in Eastern Europe. In the 20th century, it was a part of Poland. Later, Russia took control of the country and treated the people badly. Russia banned the Ukrainian language and tried to erase the nation’s culture. After the Soviet Union was formed, treatment of Ukraine got worse. Joseph Stalin starved the people to keep them under Soviet control.

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed and Ukraine became an independent nation. Despite this, it still has a hostile relationship with Russia. In 2014, Russia took control of Crimea, which used to be part of Ukraine.

Ukraine’s Leadership

Volodymyr Zelensky

Ukraine’s government is a republic. Like the United States, it has three branches: executive, judiciary, and legislative. While the US uses a two-party system, Ukraine uses a multi-party system where different groups join together to form governments.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was just elected earlier this year. His victory was a surprise since he had been an actor who played the president on television.

Nobody knows how the matter of Trump’s phone call with Zelensky will end, but the country could soon play a big role in American politics.

Jeff Charles

Race Relations & Media Affairs Correspondent at and A self-confessed news and political junkie, Jeff’s writing has been featured in Small Business Trends, Business2Community, and The Huffington Post. Born in Southern California and having experienced the 1992 L.A. Riots up close and personal, Jeff’s insights are informed by his experiences as a black man and a conservative.

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