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In November of 2013, the Ukrainian Government decided to abandon their negotiations for integration with the European Union in favor of an economic alliance with Russia. This resulted in mass demonstrations which nearly dragged the country into Civil War
Removal of Viktor Yanukovych, election of a new President and Deal with Europe
Removal of Victor Yanukovych
On February 22, 2014, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovych due to the situation in Ukraine. Oleksandr Turchynov was appointed interim President and Prime Minister. During his time as interim president, he was able to end the protests as well as work out a deal with the European Union. Yanukovych attempted to flee to Russia but was apprehended by Ukrainian authorities. He was found guilty of murder and abuse of power and was sentenced to life in Prison.
Ukraine Elects Tymoshenko and Deal with Europe
On May 25, 2014, Yulia Tymoshenko was elected President of Ukraine in a close election. Tymoshenko formally signed the Trade agreement with Europe on June 1, 2014. Ukraine ultimately reduced its relationship with Russia, refusing entry into the Eurasian Union and withdrawing from the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Ukraine Seeks EU Membership, East threatens succession
In August, the Ukrainian government announced that it had intended to apply for membership for the European Union. the European Union said that the earliest it would be able to admit Ukraine was 2017. The Eastern half of the country as a result, protested, threatening to secede and join the Russian Federation as an Autonomous region. The Ukrainian Government did not tolerate this and most of the ethnic Russians migrated East.
In 2017, Ukraine formally joined the European Union. It became the 30th nation to join the Union which by this time, was able to resolve it's economic issues. This also fueled the election of Communist politicians in Russia, seeking to reclaim Soviet glory.