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Reviving the empire: Putin follows path of Stolypin and Stalin

Russian invasion reflects Ukraine's tragic, war-torn history

| Russia & Caucasus
Russian President Vladimir Putin attends the Victory Day parade in Moscow in May 2019. Putin wants to restore Russia as a great power and gain more international respect. (Handout photo from Kremlin Press Office)   © Reuters

Yoshiro Ikeda is an associate professor at the University of Tokyo. He specializes in modern Russian history.

A close look at the history of Ukraine, a land where big powers often clash, reveals Russian President Vladimir Putin's ambition of restoring the old Russian Empire.

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