1914 - WWI started, got big due to treaties. 2014 - Guess who has defense treaties with Ukraine as the Russians invade ? Ukraine appeals to US, UK on sovereignty | SBS News "Legislators voted to demand guarantees of a 1994 memorandum that Ukraine signed with the Britain, Russia and the United States in Budapest safeguarding its borders and independence in return for giving up any nuclear arsenals left in the country after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Ukraine's interior minister on Friday accused Russian forces of staging an "armed invasion" in Crimea, claiming they had blocked one air base and entered another airport overnight on the Black Sea peninsula." Ukraine?s new premier invokes treaty in bid to resist Russia - FT.com "His words are a deliberate echo of the so-called Budapest Memorandum, signed as part of the deal that saw Ukraine give up its nuclear weapons in 1994."