Fears of an overwhelming Russian ground invasion of Ukraine did not materialise. But the conflict has given the Kremlin the chance to flex its military muscles, deploy irregular forces while remaining insistent that it is not involved, and gamble – successfully – that Nato would not intervene militarily. If Moscow now destabilises other countries with the same methods, the West will again risk being locked into a disorganised retreat by way of empty threats.

THE CRISIS in Ukraine was dominated in its early stages by fears of an overwhelming Russian ground invasion.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
Apprehension spiked after March 1, 2014, when the Russian parliament, the Duma, unanimously approved authorisation for President Vladimir Putin to send troops into Ukraine. Full-scale war was deemed inevitable
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