Ukraine and Crimea: what is Putin thinking?

Ukraine and Crimea: what is Putin thinking?

Recent events are both a knee-jerk reaction by Putin and a culmination of his years of grievances with the international order. When Vladimir Putin summoned the entirety of Russia’s political elite to the St George’s Hall of the Kremlin to announce that Russia would “welcome back” the territory of Crimea last week, the atmosphere was almost as if they were celebrating a military victory.

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