Russia's desire for influence in Ukraine is as old as the Russian state itself. It has fought for centuries to protect its stake in the Eastern European nation from the creeping encroachment of the West, often turning to natural gas cutoffs or outright intervention to do so. Since the end of the Cold War, Ukraine has vacillated between East and West, split between the country's pro-Russia and pro-Europe factions. Now, as Ukraine swings once more toward the West, Russia stands to lose much of its grip over one of its most important satellites in the coming decades. ...
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