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You're reading: Brian Bonner: Putin’s big mistake

After several days of silence, interrupted by a fake diplomatic initiative to work with Ukraine’s new rulers, the little Russian tyrant showed once again that he’s a man of action.

His vanity Sochi Winter Olympics ended on Feb. 23, giving Putin time to focus his bottomless hatred on the next object of his ire: the fact that Ukraine remains an independent nation.

His disdain for Ukrainian sovereignty is legendary, with dismissive asides about how Ukraine’s contribution to World War II wasn’t needed and his 2008 lecture to U.S. President George W. Bush about how Ukraine isn’t a real country.

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