August 8, 2022

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Historian Timothy Snyder: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Is a Colonial War

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We speak to Yale University historian Timothy Snyder about his latest article for The New Yorker, "The War in Ukraine Is a Colonial War." Snyder writes about the colonial history that laid the foundations for the Russian war in Ukraine, such as Russia’s imperial vision and how leaders including Hitler and Stalin have aimed to conquer Ukrainian soil on different premises. "The whole history of colonialism … involves denying that another people is real. It involves denying that another state is real," says Snyder. "That is, of course, the premise of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine."

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