November 29, 2022

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How Ukraine was born - and what are its historical ties to Russia

How Ukraine was born – and what are its historical ties to Russia

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Relations between states go back to the ninth century

Since February 24, the international community has watched the Russian invasion of Ukraine lake.

Like other neighboring countries, the two countries have just as much historical and cultural ties that unite them as they separate them.

This common heritage dates back to the 9th century, when Kiev, the current Ukrainian capital, was the center of the first Slavic state, created by a people who called themselves “Rus”.

It was this great medieval state, which historians call Kievan Rus’, that gave rise to Ukraine and Russia – its current capital, Moscow, which appeared in the 12th century.