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Why Putin wants Ukraine and what he plans to do with it

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John Burger - published on 02/25/22 - updated on 02/28/22

Ukrainian scholar Myroslav Marynovych speaks from Lviv on Russian president's motivation for invasion, and the ominous signs for the Church.

Myroslav Marynovych is the author of The Universe Behind Barbed Wire, an account of his struggles as a Ukrainian dissident under Soviet rule in the 1970s and 1980s. He spent seven years in prison for his involvement in the Ukrainian Helsinki human rights group.

Now, from his perch as vice rector for mission of the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv, in Western Ukraine, he looks at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as both something that was predictable and as a warning to the West. If the West does not stand up to Vladimir Putin’s aggression, the Russian president will be emboldened to make further moves in Eastern Europe, he says. 

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