What most people miss The Middle East's cold war, 5 months ago   03:08

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The conflict in Ukraine is more than just Russian aggression. It's deep historical roots are causing a modern-day struggle over what kind of country Ukraine should be. Vox's Amanda Taub explains.

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Tony Logan
It would be comical if it were not so sad, but this video is yet another example of Americans thinking that they can understand ethnic and cultural conflicts in a tiny nutshell, even when they know nothing of the history, geography, or the people involved. Americans do not know even what's going on in Mexico let alone about far away Eastern Europe.
Ruslan Smirnov
Fake news !
Coffee With Colton
So what? There are probably people who think that Mexico should take back California but if they were to invade, that would still be a breach of international law and an act of war. Russia is just pure evil.
Matt Shelton
You didn't bother to mention the neo-Nazis that played a prominent role in the coup government. https://www.thenation.com/article/neo-nazis-far-right-ukraine/
Myla Porter
This video made it look like Ukraine is heavily divided but it is simply not true! It is true that the majority in the Eastern Ukraine is russian speaking but that doesn’t mean that they are all pro-russian! It is quite the opposite! The truth is that pro-russians are the minority group in Ukraine!.. regardless of what language they speak there’s quite few of them ! That is why in order to seize those territories Russia is forced to step in. The hybrid war in Ukraine exists because the existing opposition in Ukraine is tremendously weak! There’s simply not enough of rebels to fight against the majority of Ukrainians who believe in tight collaboration with EU instead of Russia!
Jacob O'Brian
Go russia!
Belia Luedke
Great. Thanks heaps. :D
Sheharyar Gul
Valid points
Allan Estevez
the land is all ukrainian smh
Tim Stranger
Очередная смешная сказка про мифическую украину ))) после Великой Отечественной Войны пролучили запад, оторвав от Австро-венгерского государства. Крым передал хрущев ) Причем в составе СССР )
так что же уродец, а не страна? Цэ украина ! :D :D :D
James Lyndon
I can’t believe Vox are telling the truth for once. I’m amazed.
Luka R.
Pretty propaganda.
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YOU UNDERSTUD NOTHING YOU ARE LIAR
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THE USA,UK AND EU DID ALL OF THES
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Mr. BarkyVonSchnauzer
Vocal fry is the downfall of the western civilization.
martin ginge
She missed a few important points out:

The government that fled?
Was democratically elected, in elections that were unchallenged by the West, which is why the president was in talks with the West about a huge trade deal., which she noted.

The "separatists?
The people fighting for their rights were forced to do so when the Democratically elected government was ousted bu masked bandits (incidentally the crowd that over-through the government are proudly extreme-right-wing, and would undoubtedly be banned and classed as a terrorist group in any European country)Now what would you do if you saw your government taken over by masked bandits? The can hardly ask for new elections if these people simply run out of town democratically elected politicians. Naturally, they are fighting to free themselves from tyranny.

I could go on, suffice to say, theirs not only a lot more to it; but in the above what was said was slightly slanted.

I have no ties, in anyway, to Ukraine or Russia, but as you can only a little cursory knowledge tells you that there's something dodgy going on.How can you cover this and not mention that the DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT was OVERTHROWN?
gls600
It seems that the Ukraine is two countries. It should be formally split along political divisions and the eastern part should decide whether to remain indepenent or be annexed by Russia.
konoplin1
greatly made video!
Dustin Young
Yet again VOX gets it wrong. Let's address the little green men. Yes the eastern part of the country is ethnically Russian.But the real question is "Was the separatist movement incited by the Kremlin and by Russians in the Donetsk region?" The answer is yes. So the Russian government did violate Ukrainian sovereignty.
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The Middle East's cold war, What most people miss 5 months ago   10:19

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How two feuding countries are tearing apart the Middle East.

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The Saudis and Iranians have never actually declared war on each other. Instead, they fight indirectly by supporting opposing sides in other countries and inciting conflicts. This is known as proxy warfare.
And it’s had a devastating effect on the region. Countries, especially poor ones, can’t function if there are larger countries pulling strings within their borders.

And that’s exactly what's happening in the Middle East. The Saudi-Iranian rivalry has become a fight over influence, and the whole region is a battlefield.


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