Always Been Here: How Ukraine Expanded Its Territory Over the Century
While Ukraine promotes itself as a monoethnic nation, in reality, it is a deeply divided nation. Western and Eastern Ukraine have different traditions, worship different heroes, and speak different languages.
The divide is caused by a simple fact: the Western part of Ukraine belonged to the Austro-Hungarian Empire (and after that to various states, including Poland, Hungary, and Romania), while Eastern Ukraine was a part of Russia, populated by Russian people.
This map shows the rounds of Ukrainian expansion over the century, demonstrating how it received territories from the Soviet Union.