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Ukraine war draws attention to region's historical backstory

In an interview with Kahraman Sakul, a historian who focuses on Ottoman encounters in the early modern Slavic world, Anadolu Agency asked about the historical background of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, as well as Putin's claims.

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In a watershed speech that marked the onset of the Ukraine war, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to justify Moscow's "special military operation" on historical references, from the common ethnic, cultural, and religious ties between Ukrainians and Russians, to his claim that, as a separate identity, political entity, or nation, Ukraine has never even existed until fairly recently.