Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine last week is a strategy similar to the one used by Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler in the 1930s to justify his aggression in Eastern Europe, Hillary Clinton said at a California fundraiser last night, the USA Today website reports today (March 5, 2014).
Putin's claim that ethnic Russians in Ukraine are threatened echoes Hitler's assertions that an ethnic German minority in Eastern Europe needed protection, Clinton said.
"Now if this sounds familiar, it's what Hitler did back in the 1930s," Clinton said at a Boys and Girls Club fundraiser in Long Beach, California. German troops were able to take control of several nations in Eastern Europe, but were defeated when they attempted to conquer Russia.
Putin -- whose Russian troops now control Ukraine's Crimea peninsula on the Black Sea -- "believes his mission is to restore Russian greatness," Clinton said. "When he looks at Ukraine, he sees a place that he believes is by its very nature part of Mother Russia."