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North Central College dean interviewed on FOX 32 Chicago

Sep 26, 2022

Stephen Maynard Caliendo provided an update on Russians protesting Putin’s war

Developments continue to escalate overseas as Russian President Vladimir Putin called up 300,000 reservists to join the fight at the end of September; also seeming to hint that he could use his nuclear arsenal to protect Russia. Stateside, U.S. President Joe Biden said “the world’s blood should run cold over this invasion of Ukraine” in a condemnation of Russia, but Putin continues to show signs of expanding the conflict.

Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with FOX 32 Chicago reporter Tia Ewing to discuss these latest developments.

“Moving towards reservists I think is the biggest move since World War II of Russians being compelled to fight,” said Caliendo. “This signals that if this war is going to continue for a long period of time certainly citizens in Russia are going to wonder if there’s going to be additional troops involved. Though, I have to say, the move to bring in more troops is somewhat of a signal that Putin is not ready to use nuclear weapons yet—that’s something he could have done already if he really wanted to—it’s dangerous stuff, no doubt about it, but the idea he’s going to put more ground troops on signals his plans for the next couple of months.”

Click here to watch the full interview on FOX 32 Chicago (published 9-21-22 at 4:15 p.m.)

Click here to watch the full interview on FOX 32 Chicago (published 9-27-22 at 8:30 a.m.)

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