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Putin’s power play
Telegraph [UK], by Editorial

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 4/13/2014 4:40:38 PM

What is Vladimir Putin’s game? The recent unrest in eastern Ukraine has been presented by the Kremlin as an autonomous phenomenon, an upsurge of patriotic feeling among embattled ethnic Russians who long for the protection of the Motherland against what they see as a neo-nationalist regime in Kiev. It may be true that the initial impulse came from locals acting without Russia’s direct involvement. But it is becoming clear that, just as in Crimea, many of the “separatists” are not just taking their orders from Moscow, but are very probably Russian troops in paper-thin disguise. The key difference is that,

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: hooter, 4/13/2014 4:49:15 PM     (No. 9809431)

Hey Ldoters..is anyone elses internet extremely slow and sometimes even non responsive? I am having dial up flashbacks.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 4/13/2014 4:53:07 PM     (No. 9809433)

My guess is that the Russian flag will be flying over Kiev by next year this time. Then it´s on to Latvia, Lithuania, etc...

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Reply 3 - Posted by: stablemoney, 4/13/2014 6:26:12 PM     (No. 9809489)

Putin´s power play is in the open, obvious, with no attempt at concealment. Putin intends to restore the power and prestige of the Soviet Union. Putin knows Obama is too weak to stop it. Not only has Obama weakened the military to pre-WWII levels, but Obama has no backing, except for John McCain, who also has no backing.

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