From the riots in Ukraine’s Maidan Square to Russia’s annexation of Crimea, there were differing perceptions of the causes and consequences.
The US and EU saw the demonstrations as a Ukrainian people exercising their rights to embrace the freedom-loving West. But to Russia, it was a Western plot that was too close to the Russian motherland to be tolerated; yet another threat that a former Soviet Republic might be absorbed into NATO.
Russia took over Crimea, a piece of Ukraine that had often been part of Russia. The West said there would be costs and imposed sanctions on a handful of Russian individuals.
This month, Empire focuses on Eastern Europe and unpacks the issues surrounding the current crisis in the region. We cut through the rhetoric to separate fact from fiction, and ask if recent events mark the end of the post-Cold War era.
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