Russia's War, Ukraine's History, Is the West fragmenting? - BBC Newsnight 1 day ago   1:38:40

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Center for Strategic & International Studies
In Russia's invasion of Ukraine, history was presented as justification for war. Is there any resemblance between Russian justifications and historical consensus? What does it mean when ethnic claims trump international law? And should hate propaganda be seen simply as an instrument in one war, or an element of a larger strategy to destabilize the West?
Timothy Snyder is one of the world’s foremost scholars of Central and Eastern Europe, and the author of numerous critically acclaimed works of history, including Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010), and The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (2003). During the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, he has been a visible public intellectual, addressing questions of historical memory, narrative, and reconciliation both in his writing and through his public activism.
Presentation by:
Timothy Snyder
Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University
Moderated by:
Jeffrey Mankoff
Deputy Director and Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, CSIS




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rick moore
It's all horizontal and open sourced, he said so.
Henryk Gödel
So, Russia gets sanctions for Crimea, but I don't see any sanctions being put in place for what happened in Libya, Syria, Iraq, or Yemen? You Western cowboys can do just whatever you want it seems, and in your wake failed states and human suffering. The chickens will come home to roost one day.
Cameron Barge
No sound
Jack Specht
Very unintelligent or extremely delusional institution . This is as much Americas war as it is Russias .
Gabe McCall
Its all America's fault! ..... Oh yeah! And the Jews!
sue faust
BEWARE OF THE OPINIONS OF TIMOTHY SNYDER.HE HAS BEEN PAID FOR (A LOT $) BY GEORGE SOROS. HIS OPINIONS ON UKRAINE ARE DECEPTIVE. GEORGE SOROS FUNDED
THE ILLEGAL COUP DETAT IN UKRAINE IN 2014 ( THE EUROMAIDAN REVOLT) SOROS'S INFILTRATING SOCIAL GROUPS AND THE AMERICAN CIA AND HILLARY CLINTON AND MCCAIN
WERE RESPONSABLE AND BEHIND THE RIOTS AND THE ILLEGAL REGIME CHANGE IN KIEV, UKRAINE, WHERE THE DULY ELECTED PRESIDENT YANOKOVICH WAS ILLEGALLY OVERTHROWN
AND A NEO= NAZI PUPPET POROSHENKO INSTALLED AS THE ILLEGAL PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE .IT WAS AN ILLEGAL REGIME CHANGE._(see youtube tapes on Valerie Nuland, US STATE DEPT = SHE WAS RECORDED
HERSELF CHOOSING THE NEW LEADERS OF THE NEW ILLEGAL REGIME IN KIEV-- fortunately a few weeks ago US PRESIDENT TRUMP FIRED VICTORIA NULAND = SHE DESERVED IT =
SHE WAS ZIONIST NEOCON LYING WITCH
SOROS is paying TIMOTHY SNYDER TO JUSTIFY THE ILLEGAL REGIME CHANGE IN UKRAINE - HIS VIEWPOINT IS VERY DECEPTIVE AND INTELLECTUALLY DISHONEST
Angelo Philippopoulos
Another paid Zionist !! US no business in Crimea. Pull out of IRAQ,AFGHANISTAN ,Libya and trying to Syria to add to energy petro dollar ,.They are doing what USA Does!
Fred Rudnick
Who cares? Not one American is worth 10 million Kievan Rus. They can sort their own problems.
Discerning Troll
Typical US fraud. He quotes US propaganda as fact and glosses over real facts. Today on the news another Ukranian Opposition figure assinated. That must be at least 20 prominent Opposition figures now and Journalists. The murders in Odessa when people protested in a far less violent way than the Maidan. No mention both the Police and Demonstrators were shot by the same sniper when things finally turned violent. No mention that all polls leading up to the coup showed the majority in Ukraine did not want to join NATO. No mention the Opposition has been banned by the new Regime. Yes the USA has created another marvelous Democracy again. Lying Ameri!!!t as usual. No mention that the present Regime will not take the first step to implement the Minsk Peace Agreement. Infers the lie that Russia claims all the new Regime are neoNAZI. They have never done that but stated the truth. All they claim is that the minority of the present Regime are neo NAZIs. The minority that they can't Govern without. It does not matter. The Germans the French and the Italians are going to rebell very soon. They are going to gradually tell the USA to but out of Europe. When the Vice President of Germany launches a vicious attack on the US the writing is on the wall for US types like the above and the USA. If the Vice President attacks the USA that means he is speaking for the entire Government. That is just a diplomatic first move. If the USA does not listen next step is Merkel will say it as President. The USA has lost in Ukraine again. Time to go home just like in the Middle East. The USA is stuffed. Finished. Even the Saudis will change camp soon. Much of what he says about the USA is true. Not what he says about Ukraine. Russia has never claimed at an official level most of the crap he claims. Most of what he quoted is what USA bent media claims. Who keeps him in a job. The CIA. This bastard is worse than FOX.
Віталій Бондарчук
Russia got Crimea but lost Ukraine and Ukrainians. Forever. All on West must always remember this.
Viktor Bezvidkhod’ko
http://anton-shekhovtsov.blogspot.com/2014/03/pro-russian-extremists-observe.html
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regina pierson
Thank you, Timothy Snyder, for your very good presentation about Ukraine. Most people have absolutely NO IDEA about what has happened to Ukrainians. It is refreshing to have information on the other side too!
Stevie Pisaro
Great lecture, but there were some horrible questions afterward! Sheesh!
Sprite Fallen
The absence of mention of Soros struck me. This lacks also the context of the Syrian war. Hillary wanted Sevstapol as it was the Mediterranean base of the Russian navy. Russia's fleet was preventing the NATO fleet a free hand in the Eastern Mediterranean. He speaks of Crimean people as being 'Russian speaking'. Perhaps this is because they are Russian?
Painxx1
answer me my American friends
If Usa may complitely destroy one country ( Iraq ) why Russia may not( Ukraine ) ?
Belgar
And why US is so worried that Russia is doing what EU and US did on the Balkans ? Arrogant greedy pricks!
Belgar
And it is a fact that Europe is decadent, old, tired and catholic, all bed things.
Belgar
Naive...Correct perhaps but...Why US totally ignores Chinese occupation of Tibet and Uhugur and even Little Mongolia Chico Stalin gave to Mao on the base of false promises? US is bloody hypocritical and has no business in Ukraine.
Vladimir Steinberg
Very cleverly designed pile disinformation, bordering with outright lie!
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