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You're reading: Katya Gorchinskaya: Putin’s original plan for Ukraine

Meant to look like a photocopy of a document with a covered-up secrecy stamp on it, it falls short of some features that would identify it as such a secret paper, but carries others that make much of the information and analysis look authentic.

But even if it’s only partially true, Ukraine should brace itself for a long war with Russia, after which our once good neighbor would like to permanently increase its borders – the scenario some observers already call the “state of Israel solution.”

The reference is meant to describe how a state, using instability and infighting in neighboring countries, takes advantage of the weakness to expand its own territory. Except, in the case of Russia, the plan was designed to provoke and nurture the instability first.

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