The Putin Files

Putin Asserts Himself on the World Stage in his Third Term

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi were meant to be a victory for Putin and a sign of Russia’s resurgence. But the moment was marred by protests in neighboring Ukraine, where popular opinion favored closer ties to the West. After protesters defied efforts to remove them from Kiev’s main square, and drove the Moscow-allied president from power, Putin hit back, seizing and annexing the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, sending more troops into eastern Ukraine and launching a sophisticated array of cyberattacks and information warfare.
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