Experts fear Putin ‘preparing citizens for war’ against Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government is making diplomatic and military preparations for a new invasion of Ukraine in an apparent bid to exert pressure on Kyiv, perhaps even through violence.

“All options are plausible from Putin’s view,” a Baltic official told the Washington Examiner, on condition of anonymity. “The current status quo is not satisfactory for him because he sees that Ukraine is getting stronger, military, [and] … Ukraine is getting more and more [oriented] towards the West.”

U.S. and European observers acknowledge uncertainty about Putin’s intentions despite the observable Russian preparations for conflict. And the logistics of a winter war could postpone any clarity until
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