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You're reading: Ukraine may win yet

It may come the same way in which Russia stole it on Feb. 27, with a strong military force but little deadly violence, with the tragic exception of Ukrainian soldier Serhiy Kokurin, 37, shot to death during a Russian raid in Simferopol on March 18.

But an even stronger political will is required and the more likely path for restoration of Ukraine’s territory.

Despite Russian President Vladimir Putin’s assault on the established world order, international law and Ukraine’s territorial integrity, the Kremlin’s Crimean takeover may have given the democratic world an opportunity to push back against autocracies and dictatorships that dominate most of the Soviet Union’s 15 former republics.

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