World #2 – Ukraine bans Russian men; Orthodox church splits from Moscow

Tuesday's World Events - December 4, 2018


1. For UKRAINE, give the following information:

  1. capital
  2. location/the countries that share its borders
  3. the religious breakdown of the population
  4. the type of government
  5. the chief of state (and head of government if different) If monarch or dictator, since what date has he/she ruled? – include name of heir apparent for monarch
  6. the population

Find the answers at the CIA World FactBook website. For each country, answers can be found under the “Geography” “People” and “Government” headings.

NOTE: Before answering the following questions, watch the video under “Resources” below.

a) list the who, what, where and when of the news item
b) What is the purpose for the ban?
c) What action by Russia was the Ukrainian government responding to?
d) What exceptions will be made for the travel ban?
e) Russian state-run media said Friday Moscow isn't planning a counter-ban for Ukrainian men of military age. Officials said that they wouldn’t retaliate to avoid hurting ordinary Ukrainians. What do you think Russia’s motive is for making this announcement? (Ask a parent what he/she thinks.)
f) The United Nations (UN) was formed to encourage resolution of international conflicts without war and to form policies on international issues.
The UN Charter sets out four main purposes, including: 1) Maintaining worldwide peace and security. What responsibility do you think the UN has to step in – or to isolate Russia with sanctions to force President Putin to release the Ukrainian sailors and to end its aggressive, warlike actions against Ukraine?
g) How effective do you think the UN is in fulfilling its purpose? Explain your answer.