Unless you have somehow avoided all media for the last month, but are somehow reading this post, you know that Russia and Ukraine are mired in a mess. Ukraine is in turmoil, as the country tussles over its competing allegiances between Russia and the E.U., and Russia is going for a blatant power grab on the Crimean Peninsula.
But where did all of this come from anyway? Friend of the internet John Green is here to explain. This story didn't begin 6 months or even 6 years ago. It goes back a century.