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You're reading: J. Michael Waller: Ukraine’s secret weapon

It’s an old idea that doesn’t require guns or bombs. All that it needs is the will to harness the aggressor’s internal vulnerabilities. While Russia is militarily far stronger than Ukraine, it shows signs of much greater weakness inside its borders.

Ukrainians know Russia’s political cultures, national fears and paranoias, socioeconomic divides, and other vulnerabilities that are ripe for adroit strategists to exploit.

By making war against Ukraine, RussianPresident Vladimir Putin has broken the surface tension that, so far, has heldthe Russian Federation together. In its own defense, Ukraine has the capabilityto attack the Putin regime’s internal power base.

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