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Why can't Putin accept Ukraine's independence?
Prof. Nathaniel KnightProf. Nathaniel KnightHD, subtitles, Q&ATranscript62m
The invasion of Ukraine by Russia took the world by surprise. But tension between these two nations has been bubbling for many years. Why is Ukraine so important to Putin? And how did we get from Ukrainian independence to invasion?
Last week's invasion of Ukraine by Russia took the world by surprise, but tension between these two nations have been bubbling for many years. What do you need to know about Ukraine's journey from independence to invasion and how we got here?

The history of the Russian-Ukrainian relationship is long and complex. Leading Historian Prof. Nathaniel Knight is on hand to help establish the key facts you need to know. For over 25 years, Nathaniel has been studying the history of Russian and Eastern Europe at Seton Hall University in the US, having first gained on-the-ground insights living in Russian in the early 1990s. He saw the breakup of the Soviet Union and its aftermath first-hand and has been fascinated with the evolution of Russia since.

In this Conversation, Prof. Knight will share a look back on how the end of the USSR has shaped the world we live in now - right up to the atrocities we see playing out on our screens today.

Join Nathaniel here in The Garden and equip yourself with the background you'll need to follow the war in Ukraine as it unfolds.

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Ukraine War

The 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine brought the world's attention to Eastern Europe. This collection brings together world experts to share their insights into why this conflict happened & the long term implications of the war.

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