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Russian rhetoric about Ukraine echoes language used in the second world war by the Soviets seeking to stem independence movements. Soviet leader Joseph Stalin insisted on Ukraine getting a separate vote to the USSR at the United Nations, even though it wasn’t an independent state. Pictorial Press Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

Ukraine: reporter’s notes from WWII shows how Russia used claims of fascism to stem independence

Putin’s rhetoric over Ukraine has roots in the end of the second world war, attitudes explained by Paul Winterton, a British journalist at the time.
The Monument to the Ghetto Heroes in Warsaw, Poland, commemorating the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. History surrounding the Holocaust has become increasingly controversial in Poland in recent years. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

By policing history, Poland’s government is distorting the Holocaust

The Holocaust has become a contentious issue in Poland in recent years. And those challenging the government’s historical narrative have faced condemnation and lawsuits.
A military vehicle destroyed on Feb. 18, 2022, by an explosion in Donetsk, a city in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian separatists. Nikolai Trishin\TASS via Getty Images

What are false flag attacks – and did Russia stage any to claim justification for invading Ukraine?

Attacking your own side and blaming your foe has a long history and a firm grip on the popular imagination. But the internet makes it difficult to pull off – and less desirable.

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