Ukraine declared independence on August 24, 1991 after the failed Soviet coup in Moscow. The people voted overwhelmingly for independence.
In 2004, Ukrainians protested election fraud in the "Orange Revolution" resulting in a revote and democratic elections.
In 2013-2014, Ukrainians protested the government's rejection of an EU agreement, leading to the president's removal.
In 2014, Russia annexed Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, sparking an international crisis.
Conflict broke out in 2014 between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine.
In 2019, Ukrainians elected comedian Volodymyr Zelenskyy as president on an anti-corruption, pro-peace platform.
This Independence Day, Ukraine's sovereignty faces its biggest challenge yet, but the people remain defiant and resilient.