What are the main goals of Russia behind their invasion of Ukraine? What is the primary reason that President Putin wanted Crimea so badly? How did Ukraine get its present boundaries? Where else in the former Soviet Union has Russia annexed land since World War II, land that had been part (or all) of other country? The speaker will be Dr. Philip Pryde, professor emeritus at SDSU, who was a specialist on the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation. He has written three books about the Soviet Union, and has spent time in 13 of the 15 former Soviet republics.