The Heat: Russia-Ukraine Conflict

The Heat

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation on Wednesday to officially claim regions of eastern and southern Ukraine as part of Russia.

The Kremlin says it’s liberating people there after a Moscow-led referendum produced a majority vote in favor of joining the Russian Federation. Ukrainian officials reject the move and say that vote was a complete sham. 

CGTN’s Stuart Smith reports from Moscow.

Joining the discussion:

  • Vladimir Golstein is Chair of the Department of Slavic Studies at Brown University.
  • Alexander Clackson is a Researcher at Lancaster University.
  • Anton Fedyashin is a Professor of History at American University.
  • Iuliia Mendel is Author of the book, “The Fight of Our Lives.”