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Russia's recent invasin has thrust Ukraine into the international spotlight. Outside of Europe, however, people generally know little about Ukraine. This is as true of Americans and their media personalities as anyone.
Behind the headline-grabbing stories about Ukraine, however, is an intriguing backstory which most people have never heard about. It's the story of a people, dominated for centuries by neighboring empires, who have been striving for the past 30 years to forge their independence and establish a national sense of identity that their country has never known.
In this episode I draw on my years of firsthand, on-the-ground experience in Ukraine to give you a glimpse into this backstory. I provide insights which will help you understand more fully the backdrop against which the crisis in Ukraine is unfolding.