How the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Is Playing Out Thousands of Miles Away, in Israel

Over 1 million immigrants from the former Soviet Union live in Israel, and many are concerned about another war breaking out between Russia and Ukraine. Loyalties, however, aren’t as straightforward as you might imagine

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The Russian and Ukrainian flags, with Tel Aviv in the background. Ukrainian and Russian immigrants make up the bulk of the 1 million-plus olim from the former Soviet Union.
The Russian and Ukrainian flags, with Tel Aviv in the background. Ukrainian and Russian immigrants make up the bulk of the 1 million-plus olim from the former Soviet Union. Credit: Artwork: Anastasia Shub. Photos: liorpt / Getty Images / iStockphoto NICK IWANYSHYN/ REUTERS FabrikaSimf / Shutterstock.com
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
New immigrants from Ukraine arriving at Ben Gurion Airport in December 2014, the year the Russians invaded Crimea.Credit: GIL COHEN-MAGEN / ADL / AFP
A local resident participateing in a class at a self-defense course for civilians in Kharkiv, Ukraine, on Sunday.Credit: ANNA BROVKO/REUTERS
Russian President Vladimir Putin gesturing during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Moscow yesterday.Credit: THIBAULT CAMUS - AFP
A tank of the Ukrainian Armed Forces is seen during military drills at a training ground in the Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine, earlier this week.Credit: UKRAINIAN ARMY GENERAL STAFF/R
A man carrying a portrait of Russian President Vladimir Putin in a T-shirt with an inscription reading "Crimea," in central Moscow.Credit: DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV / AFP

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