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Ukraine's population is reducing because of low birth rate, increased mortality (especially among males), low immigration and high emigration
The 1986 Chornobyl accident increased pressure on the central government for autonomy.
Ukraine first declared its sovereignty from the Soviet Union
The issues of cronyism, corruption and alleged voting irregularities came to a head during the heavily-disputed 2004 Presidential election, where allegations of vote-rigging sparked what became known as the "Orange Revolution". This revolution eventually resulted in the election of opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko as President. During the following five years the Orange coalition broke up and Viktor Yushchenko lost the support of the majority of Ukranians. Ironically, his former adversary Viktor Yanukovich was elected President.
In February of 2014, after three months of street protests in Kyiv and all over Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych was deposed after he had refused to sign a deal with the European Union the previous November.
In May 2017, Ukrainian citizens gained visa-free entry into the Schengen Area.