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Russia’s Imperial Arrogance Is Destroying Ukrainian Heritage

By Jade McGlynn and Fiona Greenland

30 May 2022 · 9 min read

A man walks through the destroyed historic city center of Mariupol, Ukraine, on April 12.Maximilian Clarke/LightRocket via Getty Images

Country-404: a reference to the internet’s “404 Page Not Found” error—is what pro-war Russians have dubbed Ukraine. The ghoulish joviality of this nickname is a startling representation of a broader insistence among Russian politicians and propagandists that Ukraine has no right to exist.

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