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Russia and Ukraine: the politics and identities at play on Wednesday's Access Utah

Two flags fly side by side. One, the Russian flag, features three stripes of white, blue, and red. The Ukrainian flag next to it features blue and yellow.
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The New York Times reports that “Russian troops are encircling Ukraine from three sides. In Washington and Brussels, there are warnings of crushing sanctions if Vladimir V. Putin orders an invasion. Embassy families — both American and Russian — are being evacuated from Kyiv.” And according to the Salt Lake Tribune, “Amid uncertainty in Ukraine, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is “temporarily reassigning [its] full-time missionaries” to locations outside the country.”

We’ll talk about it today. We will be talking with Anna Pechenkina, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Utah State University. Her research concerns international and civil conflict and conflict resolution.

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Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.