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When Vladimir Putin sent his armies into Ukraine exactly 300 days ago, it was not immediately clear to the residents of the global south why a war between two white, largely Slavic countries was of concern to them. Moreover, many on the anti-imperialist left in the U.S. began gravitating toward the Russian side simply because Russia was America’s old foe and, to them, it was America, rather than Russia, that was the seat of imperialist evil.
Enter Martin Kimani, Kenya’s ambassador to the United Nations, where Kenya holds a rotating seat on the Security Council. Just a couple of days before the Russian tanks started rolling...