Ukraine, a post-Soviet country in Eastern Europe, is one of the largest European countries with a population of about 44 million. Since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, Ukraine has dealt with problems that are typical for a majority of the post-Soviet countries, such as corruption, bureaucracy, lack of free media, and low level of the political culture. The situation is aggravated by the enormous pressure of neighboring Russia, which is trying to keep Ukraine in its political, economic, and cultural sphere of influence. This entry discusses the political situation in Ukraine and its media landscape.

The Ukrainian parliament declared independence from the Soviet Union following an attempted coup in Moscow in 1991, and the country became a republic. It is a unitary state ...

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