Russian roulette: Is Putin likely to invade Ukraine, or is the threat of war a decoy?

Analysts believe Vladimir Putin’s posturing at the border with Ukraine may be just that, but others are concerned that given the Russian president has gone this far, an invasion may happen

Barry J Whyte

Chief Feature Writer @whytebarry
19th December, 2021
Russian roulette: Is Putin likely to invade Ukraine, or is the threat of war a decoy?
Vladimir Putin: the Russian president believes that he is pushing back against the West that is trying to marginalise Russia and deny its rightful status as a great power. Picture: Getty

Earlier this month, Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin spoke over a video call in an effort to avoid what has come to be seen as inevitable: a Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Both the White House and the Kremlin issued press releases after the chat, which seemed to give the impression of a successful meeting that had at least delayed the likelihood of war. But contained within the two read-outs, as they’re known, was something else;...

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