Ukraine

Peoples Under Threat Ranking:
#15
0

Communities at risk

Tatars, Krymchak and Karaites in Crimea, Russians, Hungarians, Moldovans, other national minorities

Summary

Ukraine ranked 15th in 2017’s Peoples under Threat index – the same as last year’s ranking. In 2016, Ukraine jumped six places. Announcing the effective annexation of Crimea in March 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin professed great respect for people of all ethnic groups living in Crimea and committed to political and legislative action to restore… Read more »

Peoples Under Threat Data

2017 Data Peoples under Threat value
Self-determination conflicts5
Major armed conflict2
Prior genocide / politicideNo data
Flight of refugees and IDPs0.0435
Legacy of vengeance - group grievance6.9
Rise of factionalized elites8
Voice and Accountability-0.031
Political Stability-1.933
Rule of Law-0.801
OECD country risk classification7
TOTAL15.059

The overall measure for each country is based on a basket of 10 indicators. The number in each row is drawn from the source for that particular indicator. The sources of data and calculations used are detailed on the Notes to Table page. 

Background

Ukraine ranked 15th in 2017’s Peoples under Threat index – the same as last year’s ranking.

In 2016, Ukraine jumped six places. Announcing the effective annexation of Crimea in March 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin professed great respect for people of all ethnic groups living in Crimea and committed to political and legislative action to restore the rights of Crimean Tatars and ‘clear their good name’. Two years later the Russian government suspended the Crimean Tatars’ representative council on trumped up charges of extremism. But the instrumentalization of minority issues had the most devastating consequences in the east of Ukraine, where Russian-backed separatists are waging a war against Ukrainian government forces and paramilitaries that has resulted in over 2,500 civilian deaths (many of them from indiscriminate rocket attacks from both sides), caused over 2.5 million to flee their homes and laid waste to many urban centres in Donetsk and Luhansk.