August 7, 2014

To Beat Putin, Support Ukraine

Michael McFaul, New York Times

The Associated Press

In time, these steps will be likely to make Russian officials, business leaders and citizens question the strategy of their president, Vladimir V. Putin, in Ukraine. In the short run, however, Mr. Putin is unlikely to change his mind. These steps alone will only make him more defiant. Those who hope such pressure will end the war in Ukraine will be disappointed.

Instead, while maintaining pressure on Mr. Putin, the West also needs to get serious about strengthening Ukraine.

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TAGGED: Russia, Vladimir Putin, Ukraine

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