The Times podcast: Vladimir Putin’s Ukraine obsession
On Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced his country would recognize the independence of two breakaway regions in eastern Ukraine and send Russian troops there for “peacekeeping” purposes. The move immediately drew worldwide condemnation — but signaled the culmination of a decades-long desire by Putin to bring Ukraine closer to Russia’s control.
Today, we talk to our reporter on the ground about this past, what’s happening now — and what’s next.
Host: Gustavo Arellano
Guests: L.A. Times Middle East bureau chief Nabih Bulos
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