Identity and Violence in Ukraine: Societal Developments since the Maidan Protests

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Series Details No.19, March 2015
Publication Date March 2015
ISSN 1861-1761
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Since the Maidan protests erupted at the end of 2013 Ukrainian society has witnessed a deep transformation, in which polarising as well as consolidating tendencies can be identified.

The 'Revolution of Dignity' and Russia’s violation of the country’s territorial integrity have strengthened Ukrainian identity in a way that has enhanced social cohesion. But these developments and the accompanying violence have at the same time heightened pre-existing conflicts.

Only a lasting stabilisation can prevent these social fractures from widening yet further. To that end Ukrainian and external actors will need to engage in processes of conflict management and social reconciliation.

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