What lies behind Putin’s moves in Ukraine | Opinion | McClatchy DC

 

What lies behind Putin’s moves in Ukraine | Opinion | McClatchyDC.

An analysis of Putin’s move into Ukraine from an Eastern European.

[ ] his calculation of the costs of invading Crimea needs also to be understood as a move for his personal political survival.

The same street demonstrations that filled the Moscow streets after Putin’s reelection in 2012 were just getting warmed up to hit the streets again following the effective anti-Yanukovych actions throughout Ukraine. During this time of international crisis, Russian internal dissent will not be brooked.

Putin’s calculation is cold and clear. Muscovites and other Russians clearly understand that if Putin is willing to strike at others across borders, just imagine what he is willing to do back home.

 

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