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

Kyiv Reacts To Looming Threat Of 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.


  • 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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