Putin fears NATO. Here’s why

The Russian president has never accepted the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union. His efforts to seize Ukraine are driving NATO countries to stand together.

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December 21, 2021 - 8:56 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin

Thirty years ago this month, the Soviet Union collapsed, and Ukraine broke away from Moscow’s control.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has never gotten over it.

That, more than anything, underlies the current crisis in which Putin has moved nearly 100,000 troops to Ukraine’s frontier, raising fears of an invasion.

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