UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


Ukraine Crisis

2022 update

These pages were compiled during the Euromaidan protests and annexation of Crimea in 2013-14. 

SSEES have created a new Ukraine hub for the 2022 invasion. 


In November 2013, Ukraine's then President Viktor Yanukovych, decided to pull out of an association deal with the European Union, sparking huge street protests that eventually led to his downfall.

In March, Russia reacted by annexing the Ukrainian region of Crimea and unrest began growing in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian sentiment is strong. As a result, relations between the West and Moscow have soured dramatically.

SSEES Commentary & Resources

Various SSEES academics have played a key role in commenting on the crisis across both UK and international media outlets. The SSEES library has compiled a directory of key resources and continues to provide regular updates on the situation.

Latest Updates

Global Media Commentary, Videos & Visits

International Press
Dziennik Gazeta Prawna
East European Politics and Societies (Sage Publications)
Foreign Affairs 
El País
La Vanguardia 
  • Una aventura muy arriesgada (10 March 2014)
  • Andrew Wilson explains political scenarios for Ukraine (28 January 2014)
The Wall Street Journal 
  • Andrew Wilson addresses president Yanukovych's regime style(27 January 2014)
  • Ukrainian Protesters Clash With Police Over Snubbing of EU Trade Deal (25 November 2013)
New York Times 
South China Morning Post 
USA Today 
UK Press
The Guardian
Sunday Express 
The Daily Mirror
Foreign Policy
  • Her Own Worst Enemy (27 February 2014)
Independent on Sunday
The New Statesman
The Economist
Videos and Radio Recordings

Polish National Radio

Pete Duncan speaks to Adam Dabrowski of PolskieRadio on Russia-West relations in general and Litvinenko. (2 Aug 2014). 

Al Jazeera Interview

Andrew Wilson talks to Al Jazeera on the crisis in Ukraine and the Russian intervention in Crimea:


On 25 February 2014, Andrew Wilson visited Downing Street to discuss the crisis in Ukraine.