VIDEO: ACURA’s Nicolai Petro: “The Tragedy of Ukraine: Nationalism versus Patriotism”

The conflict in Ukraine has deep domestic roots. At the heart of the crisis is the attitude of the state to what I call “the Other Ukraine” – the one-third of the population that regards its Russian cultural heritage as fully compatible with a Ukrainian civic identity. The reluctance of the state to regard this ethnos, geographically concentrated in the East and South, as a legitimate part of the modern Ukrainian nation has created a tragic cycle that entangles Ukrainian politics.

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