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Putin has his own version of Ukraine's history

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 21, 2022. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a Security Council meeting in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on Feb. 21, 2022. (Alexei Nikolsky, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Russian President Vladimir Putin is justifying his actions in Ukraine by re-telling the history of modern Ukraine, questioning its legitimacy as a sovereign state.

Here & Now‘s Lisa Mullins talks to Nina Khrushcheva, a professor of international affairs at the New School in New York, about how Putin’s version of history compares to reality and what he’s trying to gain by recasting the past.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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