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Putin's war on Ukraine is against the 'Idea of Europe'

Russia's president has already lost it

| Russia & Caucasus
Demonstrators hold a giant European Union flag as they attend an anti-war rally, following Russia's invasion of Ukraine, in the Czech Republic capital of in Prague.   © Reuters

Stella Ghervas is a professor of Russian History at Newcastle University (U.K.) and author most recently of "Conquering Peace: From the Enlightenment to the European Union" (Harvard University Press, 2021)

The current bloody invasion of Ukraine by Russia is not a local ethnic conflict between Russian and Ukrainian civilians. Nor is it the product of a clash between the two ex-superpowers of the Cold War, some kind of Russian military back surge against the enlargement of NATO since the 1990s.

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