Vladimir Putin: Why is he escalating the Ukraine crisis? – Opinion

From a Western point of view, it is difficult to understand who the Kremlin boss feels threatened by. One thing is clear: Ukraine is a problem for him that he wants to solve while he still can.

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Silke Bigalke

As for Vladimir Putin, for once, this week’s big question wasn’t what he wants; on this point he was unusually explicit. Because his demands for security guarantees cannot be met and at the same time are presented by him as non-negotiable, the urgent question is different: What happens if he doesn’t get what he wants?

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