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Conversations on Groong: Roundup on the Ukraine Crisis



February 22, 2022


     Pietro Shakarian


     Asbed Bedrossian



Hello and welcome to the Armenian News Network, Groong, I’m Asbed Bedrossian.


We’re recording this episode on Tuesday, February 22, 2022.


Roundup on the Ukraine Crisis



In this Lightning Conversation on Groong, we’re doing a quick roundup of the Ukraine Crisis where events are unfolding at a dizzying pace.


We have with us:


Dr. Pietro Shakarian, who is a Lecturer in History at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan. His research focuses on the history of Soviet Armenia and the Caucasus.

Hi Pietro!


Yesterday was quite an eventful day. Russian president Putin recognized the two component oblasts of the Donbas region as sovereign countries: the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic, the DPR and LPR respectively.

      Can you give us a breakdown of what exactly happened last night?

      What do you think pushed Putin to take this step?

      Looking at the map, the Donbas region does not span the entire border between Russia and Ukraine. What are Russia’s objectives in Donbas? Is this move a step towards controlling all of Ukraine?

      Much has been written in the US media about Putin’s “nostalgia” for Soviet times and that he wants to reconstitute the USSR. Do you think that his latest steps are motivated by that idea, or by something else?

      Has Putin painted himself in a corner here? Does he have a Plan B?


The western media, the wires, major newspapers, are all the same chorus: Russia is invading, this won’t stand, terrible sanctions are on the way, etc.

      First of all, is “The West” a homogeneous bloc of agreement on how to proceed, or is the current chorus just the US?

      I was talking with Hrant Mikaelian a couple of days ago and he said  the goal of the US in this crisis is to decouple Russia from the EU. The less the two interact and inter-depend, the more Europe would need the US. What are the divisions within The West?


Map of the Donbass Region
Made up of Donetsk and Luhansk
From Wikipedia
By RGloucester - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Map of the Donbass Region Made up of Donetsk and Luhansk

Wikipedia: By RGloucester - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0



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