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David Colantoni, a Croatian-Italian writer and a descendant of Alexander Pushkin, published a book in April entitled When Ukraine Invaded Iraq, in which he reveals how in 2003 Ukraine joined the war against Iraq, sending the third largest contingent with 7,000 troops.

That fact has been buried in public propaganda. “Had it been brought again to the attention of public opinion that, 20 years ago, [Ukraine] was the invader in an occupation that has cost almost 1 million of civilian deaths, to feed the already weak support with weapons and flows of taxpayers’ money would have been much more difficult,” Colantoni said in an interview, “Ukraine Was the Aggressor in Iraq,” with Franco Battaglia for the Italian daily La Verità June 21.

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