Podcast: Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine obsession

American Age Official

February 23, 2022, 5:00 AM
Activists hold posters during a SayNOtoPutin rally in Kyiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. Ukrainians hold similar rallies worldwide urging world leaders say no to Putin foreign policy. The rallies were timed to Jan. 10 talks between Washington and Moscow amid a stunning deployment of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border and in Kazakhstan. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
A demonstration in Kyiv, Ukraine, in January. (Efrem Lukatsky / Associated Press)

On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his country would recognize the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine and send Russian troops there for “peacekeeping” purposes. The move immediately drew worldwide condemnation — but signaled the culmination of a decades-long desire by Putin to bring Ukraine closer to Russia’s control.

Today, we talk to our reporter on the ground about this past, what’s happening now — and what’s next.

Host: Gustavo Arellano

Guests: L.A. Times Middle East bureau chief Nabih Bulos

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.

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