March 25, 2014

A War over Ukraine Would Be Ruinous for Russia

Gideon Rachman, Financial Times

The Associated Press

A military move into eastern Ukraine would greatly increase the dangers of a political, military and economic blowback sufficiently powerful to threaten the leadership in the Kremlin. Western military analysts have no doubt that, in the first instance, the Russian army would swiftly overwhelm Ukrainian forces. But recent history suggests that, when the world’s leading powers resort to military intervention against a hostile local population, they almost always suffer a long-term strategic defeat. The swift conventional military victory feels great at the time – but is followed by long-term agony.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Crimea, Russia, Ukraine

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