Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which was the most powerful state in Europe during the 10th and 11th centuries. Since then, it has been going through changes every couple of years, but unfortunately, it has failed to achieve stability. For the last years, it has faced conflict going on to date.A brief history of UkraineUkrainian territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire piece by piece in the 1800s. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, the country achieved a short-lived period of independence until 1920. It was quickly reconquered and endured a Soviet rule that engineered two forced famines and a devastating WW II. Although Ukraine achieved final independence in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy and prosperity remained elusive to the unstable country.