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Putin's erasing of Ukraine's distinct history shows his imperial ambitions

Vladimir Putin has long insisted Ukraine is part of the country he rules. "Kiev is the mother of Russian cities...," he wrote in March 2014

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Olivia Durand | The Conversation
Vladimir Putin has long insisted Ukraine is part of the country he rules. “Kiev is the mother of Russian cities. Ancient Rus is our common source and we cannot live without each other,” he wrote in March 2014 – a few days before completing the annexation of Crimea. The Russian president returned to this theme in an essay on the Kremlin’s website in July 2020 when he wrote, “True sovereignty of Ukraine is possible only in partnership with Russia.”
Seven months later, Putin has doubled down on this idea. In an hour-long

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First Published: Feb 24 2022 | 3:50 PM IST

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