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Local Ukrainian Americans talk about Ukraine and Russia's complicated history

People hold signs and chant slogans during a protest outside the Russian Embassy on February 22, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine. After Russian forces concluded large-scale military exercises in Belarus amid a tense diplomatic standoff between Russia and Ukraine's Western allies, Russian President Vladimir Putin in a nation wide televised statement, recognized the independence of two breakaway regions in Eastern Ukraine and has since sent Russian "peacekeepers" to the area raising fears of a full-scale invasion.
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People hold signs and chant slogans during a protest outside the Russian Embassy on February 22, 2022 in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Russia and Ukraine have a long, complicated history. If you’re confused about what's happening in Eastern Europe, you’re not alone.

Today, we explore the complex relationship between these two nations and get a better understanding of the conflict happening right now.

We hear from members of the Ukrainian American community in Connecticut.

And later, we talk about the Holodomor, where millions were killed by the Stalin regime in what was then-Soviet Ukraine.   

What questions do you have about what’s happening to Ukraine today? We want to hear from you.

GUESTS:

  • Alex Kuzma - Chief Development Officer for the Ukrainian Catholic University Foundation
  • Lana Babij - retired librarian and independent researcher from Manchester Connecticut.

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