1991: Ukrainians vote for independence from the Soviet Union, with Leonid Kravchuk as president. 1994: First secret-ballot election for unicameral Ukrainian parliament, or Verkhovna Rada. In presidential election, Leonid Kuchma unexpectedly defeats Kravchuk, the incumbent. 1996: Parliament approves new constitution. 1998: Second parliamentary election since independence. 2002: Third parliamentary election, with reformist Viktor Yushchenko’s Our […]

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