Putin’s appetite for Ukraine


Seizure of Crimea is in the bag, and everybody already knows it. Russia knows it well, and Kiev knows it well. Europe and United States also are well aware that nothing can be done to convince Putin to step back.

Seizure of Crimea is in the bag, and everybody already knows it. Russia knows it well, and Kiev knows it well. Europe and United States also are well aware that nothing can be done to convince Putin to step back.

What nobody knows yet – and that is scaring everybody – is when Putin’s appetite for Ukraine will be satisfied.

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Russian troops already took control of main ports, airports, border crossings and Ukrainian military bases all over Crimea. Latest reports from the port of Kerch, where the eastern Crimea meets Russia on the strait that closes the Azov’s sea, witness more and more Russian troops flooding the peninsula… did I say Russian troops? Well, I actually got just a clue. I should have said that witnesses tell of dozens of military trucks loaded of soldiers in unmarked uniforms passing the border from Russia to Ukraine. Even though with no license plates (after some pictures in the past days showed these mysterious armed men driving Italian-made Lince armored vehicles with Russian army number plates), trucks are typical Kamaz-4310 in force of Russian army, soldiers are equipped with NSV heavy machine guns and RGD-5 grenades  and wear newly designed Russian army uniforms. Vladimir Putin outrageously insists to call these soldiers a “self-defense army”, and his boldness is the first hint suggesting that everybody knows he already did it and nobody will lift his arms to change it. What at the beginning was a cunning trick that let Russian army deploy in Crimea without officially being there, is now a hard to take shameless falsehood.

The importance of Ukraine

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