WorldViews: Putin thinks of the past when talking Ukraine — but the Arctic is where he sees Russia’s future

By Adam Taylor, August 29, 2014

Vladimir Putin is a history buff, and he has made all sorts of historical allusions when talking about Ukraine over the past few days.

First, there's the use of the word "Novorossiya," a historical region of the Russia Empire that is now part of Ukraine. The Russian president has referred to Novorossiya in passing before, but the use of it now in official statements seems to be new. Putin also compared Ukraine's offensive to the Siege of Leningrad, a monumental event in Russian history and one that shaped Putin's life personally — his older brother died during the siege, which lasted more than two years and left more than a million dead.

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