Wheat and Deep Ports: The Long History of Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine 

Observers discussing the Russian tanks, infantry vehicles, ballistic missiles, and soldiers massed at Russia’s borders with Ukraine have framed the story as either a reawakening of Cold War tensions or as Vladimir Putin’s attempts to stoke nationalist sentiment at home. But there is a bigger and much older geopolitical story behind this buildup of troops. One part of it goes back to 1768, when Tsarina Catherine II had tens of thousands of Russian soldiers move South to conquer the plains above the Black Sea.

Source: Wheat and Deep Ports: The Long History of Putin’s Invasion of Ukraine | Portside

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