It’s not going as planned in Ukraine for Russia’s Vladimir Putin. As has so often been the case in the past for Russian interventions (and not unlike for the U.S.), Russia now finds itself in a costly and debilitating quagmire. Here NPR outlines the view from Foreign Policy: “Militarily, it is a stalemate. … Economically, the war and occupation of both Crimea and the Donbas (eastern Ukraine) have imposed ruinous costs on Russia. … In sum, Putin’s plans of weakening Ukraine have backfired.”
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