Live Streamed via Zoom, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
This talk will discuss the history of Russo-Ukrainian relations and its representation in both countries following the Soviet collapse in 1991. It will demonstrate how Putin’s nostalgia for the tsarist empire made Ukraine the likeliest target of Russian aggression and how Russia’s rejection of democracy determined the timing of the invasion.
Born and educated in Ukraine, Serhy Yekelchyk received a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, and is professot of History and Germanic & Slavic Studies, University of Victoria. He is the author of seven books on modern Ukrainian history and Russo-Ukrainian relations including the award-winning Stalin’s Citizens: Everyday Politics in the Wake of Total War (Oxford University Press, 2014). A professor of History and Slavic Studies at the University of Victoria, Yekelchyk is current president of the Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies.
Event co-sponsored by the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, the Center for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies, and the Department of Political Science
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