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Although, following the Soviet Union’s disintegration in 1991, Russia acknowledged Ukraine’s independence and territorial integrity, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has consistently refused to take Ukraine’s nationhood seriously. In Putin’s opinion, Ukraine is in fact part of the so-called Russian World. When in February 2014 the Ukrainian parliament dismissed Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych, Russia called it a “putsch”, and used the opportunity to annex the Crimean peninsula, officially belonging to Ukraine and to support or even orchestrate a “separatist” war in East Ukraine.

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Date 12 February 2018
Time 18:00 -20:00
Whos in Town, Marc Jansen

The conflict has a long history, going back to the 9th century Kievan state, that is claimed to be their first state by both Russians and Ukrainians. In his lecture, Dr. Marc Jansen will delve into this historical dimension of the Russian-Ukrainian controversy.

Speaker: Dr. Marc Jansen, Assistant Professor of East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam
Venue: Common Room
Amsterdam University College
Science Park 113, Amsterdam 1098 XG
Convenor:  Dr. Maxim Kupovykh