In this Slate article, Fred Kaplan argues invading Ukraine was the easy part for Russia, but controlling Ukraine while sanctions bite might prove almost impossible.


Fred Kaplan, makes the following points:
  • US sanctions against Russia could take months, or even longer, to have any affect.
  • Ukraine is putting up a fierce fight but it is doubtful the country can keep Russia from accomplishing their aims for very long.
  • After the main fight is over, Russian troops in or around Ukraine will have to remain as an occupation force—and they will face tough resistance.
  • The sight of body bags coming home may turn Russia’s public against Putin’s invasion.
  • Putin’s aggression has patched wedges between NATO allies and unified the alliance more solidly than at any time since the end of the Cold War.
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