When Putin says Russia and Ukraine share one faith, he’s leaving out a lot of the story

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has often asserted that Russians and Ukrainians are "one people." He points to a few factors: the Russian language spoken widely in both countries, their similar cultures, and the two countries' political connections. But there is one more factor that ties all these together: religion.

Russia’s energy clout doesn’t just come from oil and gas – it’s also a key nuclear supplier

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As Western nations look for ways to reduce their reliance on Russian oil and gas, another aspect of the Ukraine crisis has received less attention: Most of the 32 countries that use nuclear power rely on Russia for some part of their nuclear fuel supply chain.