Since February 24, 2022, Ukraine, a country in the middle of Europe, suddenly became a major focus of the news all over the world. Although Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union it became a sovereign and independent country in August of 1991. It was unexpectedly attacked by its neighbor, Russia, and so started the biggest war of the 21st century. One of the main reasons Russia instigated the conflict was the worry that Ukraine might join NATO, The North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
To educate yourself about the conflict and to read reliable news and interpretation please consult the following sites:
- The Russian Invasion of Ukraine: Special Focus – a collection of articles, news analysis and comments organized by the NATO library.
- Ukrinform – Ukrainian platform for broadcasting in English.
- Meduza – independent (not government sponsored) digest of Russia’s investigative reports and news analysis in English.
- BBC News
- The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal (both publications available for free for the John Jay College community).
- Open access to over 115 ebooks and 13 journal titles pertaining to Ukraine and Russia from De Gruyter until June 30, 2022.
Here is a very good article on reading suggestions for understanding the soul of Ukraine.
The New York Public Library compiled a list of books available in their collections in print and electronic format on Ukrainian history. If you do not already have a NYPL membership card there is a way to obtain one online. The NYPL made a list of suggestion for organizations through which one can help Ukraine and its citizens in these hard times.
Our library has many materials on Ukraine as well. Explore the search results found in OneSearch by typing UKRAINE and then using filters to get to materials by specific format (Articles or Media, for example) or subject.
There is a neighborhood in East Village that is known as Little Ukraine where you can taste Ukrainian food, visit a museum and a couple of churches.