War in Ukraine

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Gutted cars following a night air raid in Ukraine
Gutted cars following a night air raid in the village of Bushiv, 40 kilometers west of Kyiv, Ukraine, Friday, March 4, 2022. Russia’s war on Ukraine is now in its ninth day and Russian forces have shelled Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, sparking a fire there that was extinguished overnight. Efrem Lukatsky/AP Photo

Since Russian military forces invaded Ukraine in February, the conflict has escalated to a full-scale invasion of the sovereign nation. More than two million refugees have fled the country and both sides are experiencing heavy casualties as the war continues. While this might seem like a far-off conflict in a troubled region, experts say this attack on one of the world’s newest democracies has significant global repercussions.

Shereen Siewert welcomes Damir Kovačević, an assistant professor of political science at UW-Eau Claire specializing in international relations, international security and political violence; and Jeff Leigh, a professor of history at UW-Stevens Point who teaches courses on Russia, modern revolutions and world war, for an in-depth look at the Ukraine crisis. Their discussion will offer historical context on the war, the human toll of the conflict and the impact on western nations moving forward.

Episode Credits

  • Shereen Siewert Host
  • Rick Reyer Producer
  • Joy Ratchkramer Producer
  • Kate Spranger Producer
  • Dr. Jeff Leigh Guest
  • Dr. Damir Kovačević Guest

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