In the 9th century the first
Russian state came into existence, Kievan Rus, later to be known as the Ukraine.
13th & 14th centuries Ukraine was controlled by Poland & Lithuania. During the 17th century
entered the Russian empire. Russia attempted to Russianize the Ukraine. The language
was twice banned & many
Ukrainians were exiled to Siberia. Nevertheless Ukrainian culture
survived in secret societies & Ukrainian nationalism
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