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Putin confronts the mud of Ukraine

(CNN) — When the snow melts in the spring, fields can get so muddy in the plains of Eastern Europe that Russians have a word for it: Rasputitsa, or "the season of bad roads." Mud hindered Napoleon's 1812 invasion of Russia and Hitler's 1941 blitzkrieg against the Soviet Union,...
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German navy chief resigns over Ukraine comments

The head of the German navy has resigned over controversial comments he made over Ukraine. Kay-Achim Schönbach said the idea that Russia wanted to invade Ukraine was nonsense. He added that all President Vladimir Putin wanted was respect. A number of countries have supplied weapons to Ukraine, including the...
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Russia-Ukraine tensions need a unified NATO response. But Biden shook the alliance.

Russian President Vladimir Putin won a major victory this past week, and it didn’t require him to move a single soldier or weapon into Ukraine. During a news conference at the White House Wednesday, President Joe Biden made several considerable concessions. These rhetorical retreats would not only damage and further destabilize the government in Kyiv. They also reverberated in capitals across eastern and central Europe, leaving leaders there feeling even more vulnerable to Moscow’s meddling.
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Why would Putin invade Ukraine again?

Nearly eight years after Russia invaded and took control of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula, 100,000 Russian troops have recently built up along the border of Ukraine. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin talks with former NATO ambassador Ivo Daalder and retired Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges about what President Vladimir Putin hopes to gain with a possible invasion, and what the consequences may be – for the Kremlin, and for Europe.
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What are Putin's intentions in Ukraine?

"This is a big crisis; it's certainly the biggest crisis since the end of the Cold War." Former NATO Ambassador Ivo Daalder is talking about the buildup of 100,000 Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, a former republic of the now-defunct Soviet Union, teetering between Russia and Europe. "For...
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How a Russian invasion of Ukraine could trigger market shock waves

The threat of a devastating European ground war hasn’t done much to rattle financial markets so far, but investors still appear likely to snap up traditional safe-haven assets should Russia attack Ukraine, market watchers said. In that event, the “typical kind of conflict responses” would likely be in play,...
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Ukraine Crisis: Putin the gambler may have gone too far to back down

Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved to escalate tensions with Ukraine in recent months by putting a huge and unprecedented Russian military force on its borders while launching a concerted “coercive” diplomatic effort sketching out new red lines for NATO. While his next steps are uncertain, some still...
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Why Russia's Ukraine aggression matters to Americans

(CNN) — Nobody knows for sure exactly what Vladimir Putin is doing with around 100,000 Russian troops parked near the Russia-Ukraine border, but it's making the US and Europe extremely nervous. President Joe Biden said this week he expected the Russians would "move in" and that a slight incursion...
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Stop asking what Putin wants and start asking what Ukrainians want

As I watch the never-ending coverage of the current Russian military build-up around Ukraine, I am struck by the fact that, as presented by the international media, the situation seems to have little to do with Ukrainians. Ukraine is clearly at the heart of the story, but there is almost no discussion whatsoever about what the Ukrainians themselves actually want.
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