how did it come to this?

3.03 - “Ukraine is the instrument for Russia to test the West's 'red lines'” - Lilia Shevtsova

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Episode notes

This week, part 3 of our coverage of the war in Ukraine. Vladimir Putin. Former KGB operative turned political mastermind. Since early in his life Putin has sought to take control. From the end of the Cold War to the start of Putin’s Hot War, from collapse to creating a resource rich powerhouse. How has Putin’s grip on Eastern Europe changed? How did Ukraine survive in the post Cold War years? What does Putin want? What does Ukraine want? Has NATO made things worse? Why has it taken so long for us to record this episode? And ultimately how did it come to this?