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How the Russia-Ukraine conflict started decades before Putin — and why the West ignored the signs

Ukrainian soldiers stand on a check-point close to the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels, in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Jan. 21, 2022. (Andriy Dubchak/AP)
Ukrainian soldiers stand on a check-point close to the line of separation from pro-Russian rebels, in Mariupol, Ukraine, on Jan. 21, 2022. (Andriy Dubchak/AP)

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong speaks with Anatol Lieven, senior research fellow at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, about the role of NATO in the Russia-Ukraine conflict and why the tension started decades before Vladimir Putin.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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