April 16, 2014

Putin's Ukraine Plan: Chaos & More Chaos

David Marples, Moscow Times

The Associated Press

Putin's strategy is not to invade the eastern regions, if possible, but to turn them into mini-states that are autonomous from Ukraine and linked to Russia more closely. Russia may be perceived by many Russian speakers in the region as a haven of stability, of employment and higher wages, and free from the sort of chaos and mayhem brought by Euromaidan. Similar scenarios could be played out in the south, from Kherson to Odessa, and encompassing the self-proclaimed Transdnestr republic in Moldova.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Vladimir Putin


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