The reason Russia launched 54 Iranian kamikaze drones at Kyiv last night is that today is Kyiv Day, when Ukrainians celebrate the ancient city. This war is an attempt to annihilate a culture. @TimothyDSnyder
REUTER: Russia unleashes largest drone attack on the Ukrainian capital as Kyiv Day sets.
According to Freedom House, global democracy has steadily declined since 2005, ending three decades of increasing democracy. Corruption is closely related to democracy: the more democracy, the less corruption. Since its Revolution of Dignity in 2014, Ukraine has been one of the few countries that have offered hope in both regards. It has advanced on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index in rank from 146 in 2014 to 116 in 2021, and Freedom House considers it almost fully democratic.
If Russia wins this war, the whole international order established after WWII will have been demolished, and Russia will not stop with Ukraine. Presumably, Putin will opt for Moldova as the next target. @anders_aslund
Kyiv is one among the oldest cities in Europe and was founded in 482, while Moscow was founded in 1,147. So, Kyiv is older than Moscow by 665 years.
Learn more impressive historical facts: https://t.co/lu5SuHJYZV
Happy Anniversary, Kyiv!
— Ukraine Front Lines (@EuromaidanPR) May 28, 2023
The Viking Volodymyr / Valdemar the Great unifying the local slavic tribes around 988 CE.
Volodymyr I Sviatoslavych (958 – 15 July 1015), nicknamed the Great, was Prince of Novgorod, Grand Prince of Kiev, and ruler of Kievan Rus’ from 980 to 1015. The Eastern Orthodox Church canonised him as Saint Vladimir.
Vladimir’s father was Prince Sviatoslav I of Kiev of the Rurik dynasty. After the death of his father in 972, Vladimir, who was then prince of Novgorod, was forced to flee to Scandinavia in 976 after his brother Yaropolk murdered his other brother Oleg of Drelinia, becoming the sole ruler of Rus’. In Sweden, with the help of his relative Ladejarl Håkon Sigurdsson, ruler of Norway, he assembled a Varangian army and reconquered Novgorod from Yaropolk. By 980, Vladimir had consolidated the Rus’ realm to the Baltic Sea and had solidified the frontiers against incursions of Bulgarians, Baltic tribes and Eastern nomads. Originally a follower of Slavic paganism, Vladimir converted to Christianity in 988 and Christianized the Kievan Rus’.
“Rostyslav was a very noble man,” Harry Sevoyan, the head of late ballet dancer Rostyslav Yanchyshen’s ballet troupe, told the Kyiv Independent. “He was a professional dancer who loved his country. An example of a true patriot.” https://t.co/ZD4hLjAkzC
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) May 29, 2023