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Russia Looms Over Ukraine's Independence Celebrations

Ukrainian military vehicles pass down Kiev's main street during a military parade to mark the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence, in the capital Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)
Ukrainian military vehicles pass down Kiev's main street during a military parade to mark the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's Independence, in the capital Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016. (Efrem Lukatsky/AP)
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Today marks 25 years since Ukraine gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union. But independence has not halted Russia's efforts to hold sway over Ukraine, which has 45 million people.

Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014, and pro-Russian separatists have been fighting a war against the Ukrainian military in eastern Ukraine for two years.

So what does the future hold for Ukraine? Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti speaks with the BBC's Tom Burridge.

Guest

Tom Burridge, BBC correspondent in Kiev. He tweets @tomburridgebbc.

This segment aired on August 24, 2016. The audio for this segment is not available.

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