Timothy Snyder: Ukraine Is But One Aspect of a Much Larger Strategy That Threatens European Order

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In the year since Ukraine’s Euromaidan Revolution, Russia has done much to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty. It annexed Crimea and began a war along Russia’s border with Ukraine. In his remarks from a March 2, 2015 conference entitled “Ukraine, Russia and the EU:  Europe, a Year After Crimea Annexation” held in Berlin, historian Timothy Snyder examines the tactics used in Russia’s recent aggressive actions in Ukraine against the backdrop of European history, and, specifically the history and memory of World War II. His insights and conclusions are important for anyone interested in looking critically at what is happening in Ukraine, Russia, and Europe today, and how it is we got here.

“What does it mean to rehabilitate the history of the Soviet Union, when part of the history of the Soviet Union is precisely the history of contact with Nazi Germany?”

Snyder argues that Russia’s threat to Ukraine is but one…

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