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Ukraine’s Future Path May Hinge on One Bitter Political Rivalry

To hear Russian President Vladimir Putin say it, Russia and its biggest neighbor, Ukraine, are “one people.”   “We have common traditions, a common mentality, a common history and a common culture. We have very similar languages,” he said last month at the Valdai Discussion Club, the Kremlin’s annual meeting with Western thinkers. “In that respect, I want to repeat again, we are one people.”   Russia’s leader makes this argument because Ukraine and neighboring Moldova are at a ...

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