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Agreed, but Putin's fiction is that they are not Russian army regulars but "volunteers" (I'm not sure if they are leasing tanks from the army or what).

If he concedes border controls in the negotiations, he won't be able to rotate his troops in and out any more. Or at least, not with the heavy weapons, pretty visible by satellite.

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by eurogreen on Thu Feb 12th, 2015 at 09:34:14 AM EST
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