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How Russian is Ukraine? (Clue: not as much as Vladimir Putin insists)

Olivia Durand, University of Oxford A political pamphlet published in 1762 described a conversation between “Great Russia” and “Little Russia”. In the exchange, the latter refused to be simply reduced to part of Great Russia and put forward its own unique history and identity. At the time, the name “Ukraine” did not yet designate a state. But the noun ukraina …

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