Russia-Ukraine War Primary Source Activities | World History



These engaging primary source activities will teach your students about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Students will not only learn about the Russia-Ukraine War, but they will understand the origins of Russia and Ukraine, and they will understand the perspectives of Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky. It’s a great resource for improving historical thinking skills!

This activity includes three pages of background information on the origins of Russia and Ukraine. This background information will explore the relations of this two countries so students can better understand the complex history.

After the background information, there is a speech from Vladimir Putin announcing the invasion of Ukraine and a speech from Volodymyr Zelensky to the U.S. Congress.

Then there are small excerpts of quotes from Russian and Ukrainians. These quotes are designed for students to see the conflict from different perspectives.

This activity is relevant to geopolitical events in the 21st century.

There is ZERO prep needed. Just print or load the activity to your Learning Management System (LMS). The activity includes a PDF and Google Docs.

Choose the version that works best for your class!

Materials include

  1. Three pages of background information
  2. Vladimir Putin and Volodymyr Zelensky speeches
  3. Russian and Ukrainian quotations

How to use this activity

There are many ways to use this activity. You can use it as an in-class activity or give it to students for homework. If you do this activity in class, you can read the primary sources together or put the students into groups, then answer the questions that follow.

Students will be able to…

  • Have a general understanding of the origins of Russia and Ukraine
  • Understand the Russia-Ukraine War
  • Think like a historian
  • Analyze charts and maps
  • Read, comprehend, and analyze primary sources
  • Improve vocabulary


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