Russian tactics in Ukraine test divided West’s defence policy

Militia members in the Lugansk People's Republic, a self-proclaimed state in eastern Ukraine (photo: dpa)
Militia members in the Lugansk People's Republic, a self-proclaimed state in eastern Ukraine (photo: dpa)

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.

Russian tactics in Ukraine test divided West’s defence policy

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

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