This might be a calming perspective.. that Putin’s objectives are not directly expansionism but to create enough troubles and tensions in Ukraine to make EU and NATO take a step back from inclusion….
But still…. this has a massive cost to Russia’s economy and diplomacy….
“Military intervention from Putin’s point of view is Plan B,” Mark Galeotti, a New York University professor and expert on Russia’s security forces currently doing research here, said recently. “It is not off the table, but it is not the ideal outcome.”
Mr. Putin would rather feed the insurrection from afar, analysts said, never quite allowing the calm that would give Ukraine the opening needed to join the European Union, or worse, NATO. It is a tactic Russia has used successfully in previous attempts by former Soviet republics to shift westward.