The History of Ukraine, Crimea, and the Crimean War

TLDR The podcast hosts delve into the history of Ukraine, Crimea, and the Crimean War, discussing topics such as the origins of football, the Kievan Rus, the Charge of the Light Brigade, Gareth Jones and the Holodomor famine, and the upcoming England v Ukraine match.

Timestamped Summary

00:00 England's victory over Germany in the Euro 2020 tournament was a surprise to the podcast hosts who had predicted England's loss, but one of them missed the match due to his son's play.
04:38 The hosts discuss the origins of the words "football" and "foot" and argue that if Ukraine beats England in their match, football will be going home.
08:58 The Kievan Rus were absorbed into the world of Byzantium and had an ambivalent status, but they became allies of the Byzantine emperors and recruited Vikings as personal guards; after 1066, displaced Anglo-Saxon aristocrats and nobility joined the Varangian Guard and some of them asked to form a new England, which was granted to them on Crimea.
13:34 Crimea holds sacred significance for both Ukrainians and Russians due to its baptismal and Christian origins, while for English speakers it is often associated with the Crimean War.
17:49 The Charge of the Light Brigade during the Crimean War was a disastrous and confused military maneuver resulting from poor communication and incompetent leadership, but there are some revisionist historians who argue that it was actually a success.
21:54 The legacy of the Crimean War includes fan misbehavior, relics of Russian cannons in market towns all over England, controversy surrounding Victoria Cross Medals, and the mythologization of figures like Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole.
25:34 Donetsk, a city in Ukraine, was originally founded by a Welsh man named John Hughes and was a British and mixed British, Ukrainian, and Russian community until the Russian Revolution.
29:53 Amidst the chaotic and miserable history of Ukraine, a Welsh journalist named Gareth Jones exposed the Holodomor famine in the early 1930s, only to be discredited by Walter Durante of the New York Times.
34:00 Gareth Jones, the journalist who exposed the Holodomor famine in Ukraine, was banned from the Soviet Union and later murdered, likely by Stalin's secret police.
38:13 The hosts discuss the potential outcomes of the England v Ukraine match and speculate on the implications for future podcast episodes.
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