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Russia is testing Western military resolve over Ukraine's sovereignty

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Vladimir Putin wants the world to forget what happened in 2014. That's the year he amassed troops at the Ukraine border to assist Russian-backed separatists fighting the Kyiv central government. They wound up shooting down a Malaysian jumbo jet, killing all 298 aboard. Also in 2014, Russia staged the conditions for Putin's illegal seizure and annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

Putin wants the world to forget 2014 in order to argue that North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), not Russia, poses the greatest threat to world stability. It's precisely because of Russian expansionism that NATO is weighing Ukraine's entry into the trans-Atlantic, mutual-defense pact. Putin is trying hard to portray Russia as the victim when, in........

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