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Putin's Invasion Part II: The Consequences

How It Happened


Politics, News, History

4.84.6K Ratings

🗓️ 11 March 2022

⏱️ 22 minutes

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In part two of How it Happened: Putin's Invasion, Axios world editor Dave Lawler explains how Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to invade Ukraine catalyzed a chain of events that are reshaping our world. Lawler is joined by Axios managing editor Margaret Talev to discuss President Biden's decades of political experience with Russia and the sanctions the U.S. and Europe have brought against the country. Energy and climate reporter Andrew Freedman explains why it's so hard for the West to cut ties with Russia when it comes to energy, and why the Biden administration chose to do so even if it would send gas prices soaring. Credits: Putin's Invasion was reported by Dave Lawler in collaboration with the Axios newsroom and produced by Naomi Shavin with help from Sabeena Singhani. Julia Redpath is executive producer. Alison Snyder is the series editor. Sara Kehaulani Goo is the Editor-in-Chief. Mixing, sound design, and music supervision by Alex Sugiura. Additional mixing by Jayk Cherry. Theme music and original score by Michael Hanf. Special thanks to Axios co-founders Mike Allen, Jim VandeHei and Roy Schwartz.

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Last episode we talked about the eight years building up to this war,


but until the early morning of February 24th Moscow time,


we didn't know for sure that Putin would move into Ukraine


and then Putin started to speak.


I and probably millions of other people around the world


scrambled to find a live feed of the speech


and watched him declare what he called a special military operation.


But we didn't have to wait long to find out what Putin meant,


because as soon as he stopped speaking,


there were explosions in key than all around the country.


We heard the sound of explosions here in Kiev.


First of all, three large, distinct explosions in the distance.


All of Ukraine was under attack.


If you woke up and turned on the news,


it was clear we were in a new era.


We wake up this morning to a war in Europe.


Ukraine is now a nation at war.


Just hours ago, Russian troops hit Ukraine by air, land, and sea.


President Vladimir Putin warning other countries


and any gets him to interfere with the Russian action


will lead to, quote, consequences they have never seen.


I'm Dave Lawler, the world-led Adderid Axios.


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