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Putin and his Akhand Russia

The worst outcome of the invasion would be nuclear conflagration


The Brandenburg Gate is illuminated in the colours of Ukraine during a solidarity demonstration in Berlin, Germany Photo: AP/PTI

Devangshu Datta
At various times, Ukraine has been part of sundry political conglomerates. It’s been part of the Russian Empire, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and part of a coalition consisting of what is now Poland-Lithuania-Ukraine.

It was also controlled by the Nazis during World War II and part of “Grosse Deutschland” — the Nazi version of Akhand Germany. Ukraine was also a founder-member of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, with a vote in the UN and a stash of nuclear weapons, which it surrendered in 1991.

Many modern nations could, therefore, point to a historical connection and argue this translates
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First Published: Feb 25 2022 | 11:45 PM IST

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