In this video, Stephen Kotkin discusses Putin, Stalin, Hitler, Zelenskyy, and war in Ukraine with Lex Fridman. Kotkin argues that Putin has long expressed a resentment of the West, which fuels his geopolitics and domestic policy. He also mentions Hitler, who was probably fueled by resentment. Kotkin points out that the Russian government has acted this way for many years before the NATO expansion.
In this video, Stephen Kotkin discusses the history of the Russo-Ukrainian War and the current situation in Ukraine. He argues that, despite Putin's recent territorial gains, the war is still far from being won, and that Ukraine's economy and society are in dire straits. He also discusses the role of Western powers in the conflict, and the potential for further Russian aggression.
Stephen Kotkin discusses the potential for war between Russia and Ukraine, and urges listeners to remember that even tyrants and murderers can eventually be defeated.