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Vladimir Putin has never understood why Ukrainians want to control their own destiny

By Ostap Kushnir, Lecturer in Politics and International Relations, University of Portsmouth
Ten years ago, Ukraine looked to the democratic world like a faraway place. But this was just before Ukraine’s “Euromaidan” protests toppled the country’s pro-Kremlin president Viktor Yanukovych, paving the way for the election of a pro-western president, Petro Poroshenko.

As scholar of east European studies Peter Vermeersch has put it, whereas Ukraine was once seen as “the western edge of eastern Europe”, since Russia’s…The Conversation

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