There is logic to the U.S. and EU response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's Soviet revanchism that even Putin appears to accept, if not acknowledge. It is that European countries have been divided into three levels of NATO "protection."
Following Russian President Vladimir Putin's seven-point plan would at least stave off the defeat of Ukraine's ragtag army at the hands of crack Russian troops and bring some order to eastern Ukraine. The U.S. and Europe should back the plan.
The West faces a dilemma now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has demonstrated his willingness to win at any cost in Ukraine: Does it, too, go all in, or does it admit Putin's de-facto sovereignty over Russia's post-Soviet neighbors?
Even if Ukraine is defeated militarily, that's just one small battle won in an eternal, multi-modal war that Russia is fighting against the West because Russia's leadership is convinced the West is waging one against Russia.
Anecdotal information about troops' funerals and reports from the Russian Soldiers' Mothers' Committee indicate that the second front opened by Russian troops against the Ukrainian army comprise elite airborne units.
Despite increasingly surreal disavowals from Moscow, it is now apparent just how invested Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the outcome of the eastern Ukraine conflict. That investment terrifies Europe and the U.S., which have no desire to match it.
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President Vladimir Putin's standoff with the West, which has turned Russia into a corporate state in defensive mode, makes the rebellion of a lone bureaucrat in the Economics Ministry all the more impressive.