With Russian forces pushing deep into Ukraine, bombarding Kharkiv, Kyiv and other cities, and an unprecedented wave of western sanctions pushing the rouble down to an all-time low, it is hard for any of us to tear our eyes away from the news.
- Oliver Bullough
- The Guardian
But the currents of history that led up to this crisis are deep and complex, and understood in profoundly different ways in Moscow and Kyiv.
The Gates of Europe: A History of Ukraine by Serhii Plokhy is a great place to start reading up on the…