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UKRAINE War follows after decades of warnings that NATO expansion into Eastern Europe could provoke Russia

As fighting rages across Ukraine, two versions of reality that underlie the conflict stare across a deep divide, neither conceding any truth to the other. The more widespread and familiar view in the West, particularly in the United States, is that Russia is and has always been an expansionist state, and its current president, Vladimir Putin, is the embodiment of that essential Russian ambition: to build a new Russian empire.

UKRAINE War follows after decades of warnings that NATO expansion into Eastern Europe could provoke Russia
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