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BILL STEWART

Understanding Your World

Posted: Friday, April 25, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 12:33 am, Sat Apr 26, 2014.

Day by day, week by week, the crisis in Ukraine continues to grow. And as it grows, the stakes for both East and West become greater and greater. If pro-Russian Ukrainians in eastern Ukraine lose in their quest for greater autonomy, if not outright annexation by Russia, then Russian President Vladimir Putin will have suffered a major political defeat and an unacceptable loss of face. If, on the other hand, Russia is able to force a restructuring of Ukraine along the lines of a loose federation subject to Russian control, then NATO, and the U.S. in particular, will have lost in the biggest East-West crisis since the end of the Cold War.

In the meantime, both sides deploy and redeploy thousands of troops in the region and rattle their respective sabres.

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