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Ukraine and the West are running out of time to strongly counter the Kremlin-instigated uprisings in the eastern regions and other moves by Russian President Vladimir Putin designed to destabilize and ultimately destroy Ukraine as a sovereign nation.

The early rounds of Western sanctions have helped trigger capital flight from Russia, weaken its currency and isolate it diplomatically, with the exception of a few of Putin’s rogue dictator friends.

But the West must do more. Putin will never change his menacing ways. His citizens may not hold him responsible for their poor living conditions and his human rights violations, but the rest of the world should.

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