August 27, 2014

Putin's Gone Too Far to Back Down Now

Charles Crawford, Daily Telegraph

The Associated Press

Moscow’s policy towards Ukraine in the past year has been a disaster in its own terms, giving Ukrainian identity and self-respect a boost as never seen before. Mr Putin is counting on other world leaders staring aghast at this brutal intra-Slav trial of strength, and deciding to stay well clear of it.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Ukraine


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