While the invasion of Ukraine has stunned the world with its scale and violence, it is neither an isolated phenomenon nor coming out of nowhere.
Since Russia invaded Ukraine, conversations with family and friends in Lithuania inevitably touch on one of the following: stomach cramps, insomnia, or flashbacks to seeing tanks in 1991.
Poland now holds more Ukrainian refugees than all other countries combined, but the similarities to Turkey’s position in relation to Syria run deeper than simple proximity to major conflict.
In the heart of Kyiv, the St. Sophia Cathedral could have been a symbol of Christian unity and the shared spiritual roots of Russia and Ukraine. But things turned out differently.