Originally posted on wchildblog:
Source:Outsider Club, by Jason Simpkins
Over the summer, Vladimir Putin infamously bragged that Russia could conquer not just Ukraine, but five NATO capitals in just two days.
But right now, it looks like he’s lucky enough just to be holding Donetsk and Luhansk.
Indeed, Putin’s tone has softened over the past few weeks with tensions in the former Soviet state easing. But that’s not because it’s ‘mission accomplished’ for Russia.
If Putin could extract more territory and more political leverage, he would. At the height of the crisis, some analysts even suggested he’d push further into other Eastern European countries like Estonia.
But instead, a fragile cease-fire has managed to hold despite daily breaches. Russia has ordered 17,600 of its troops to leave the Ukrainian border and return to their bases. And fighting in the disputed area has gotten less fierce, as the Russian presence has dwindled.
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