Ukraine's Independence Day

On August 24, Ukraine celebrates 31 years of independence from the Soviet Union. Explore the history and significance of this day.


Declaration of Independence


Ukraine declared independence on August 24, 1991 after the failed Soviet coup in Moscow. The people voted overwhelmingly for independence.

The Orange Revolution


In 2004, Ukrainians protested election fraud in the "Orange Revolution" resulting in a revote and democratic elections.

Euromaidan Protests


In 2013-2014, Ukrainians protested the government's rejection of an EU agreement, leading to the president's removal.

Annexation of Crimea


In 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, sparking an international crisis.

War in Donbas


Conflict broke out in 2014 between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.

Zelenskyy's Election


In 2019, Ukrainians elected comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy as president on an anti-corruption, pro-peace platform.

Independence Tested but Resilient


This Independence Day, Ukraine's sovereignty faces its biggest challenge yet, but the people remain defiant and resilient.