HOW PUTIN LOST UKRAINE: The Kremlin hubris that led Russia into self-defeating Ukraine hybrid war

To Inform is to Influence

Photo: courtesy of Business Ukraine magazine 

Kyiv, April 24, 2017

Russian President Vladimir Putin had hoped to seize large parts of mainland Ukraine with his 2014 hybrid invasion – instead, the campaign has served to consolidate Ukrainian national identity while dealing a historical blow to Russia influence in Ukraine.

Just today Business Ukraine magazine published a marvelous article by Peter Dickinson, who kindly permitted us to reprint its full text. Thus UCMC presents a great explainer on what has been happening in Ukraine for the previous three years and how it derives from Ukrainian history of self-identification. Enjoy!

Russia’s hybrid war against Ukraine is now in its fourth year, but there was a time when few expected it to last even four weeks. The virtually bloodless seizure of Crimea, which fell to Russian troops in early 2014 without a fight, led most observers to conclude that Ukraine was effectively defenseless…

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