May 10th 2022 | 20:00-21:30 | Café de Beuntjes (Biltstraat 6, Utrecht)
At the beginning of this year a war in Europe felt impossible for many of us. People were shocked by the Russian invasion in Ukraine and the war is constantly a hot topic in the media. However, the war in Ukraine did not develop in just a few days, but is the result of a long history of ongoing tensions in the region. To help us better understand the current situation in Ukraine, we will look back at the social and political history of the country and some major events that are at the root of this war. Which previous developments in the region initiated the war? And how does the history of Ukraine help us to grasp the current situation in the country? Those are examples of questions that will be answered by Dr. Leo Paul, who works at the department of Human Geography at Utrecht University and is an expert on the field of the political geography of Europe with a focus on Eastern-Europe.