Friday, May 27

Russia vs. Ukraine: Why a possible Russian invasion of Ukraine raises fears that Europe is closer to war than it has been in decades

  • Katya Adler
  • Europe Publisher, BBC News

Pro-Russian militants in the disputed Donbas region.

image source, Reuters


Pro-Russian militants in the disputed Donbas region.

“Europe is closer to war now than it has been since the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.”

These are the harsh words of warning from a senior European Union diplomat with whom I just spoke off the record about ongoing tensions with Moscow, due to its massive military buildup on the Ukrainian border.

The mood in Brussels is nervous. There is a real fear that Europe may be slipping into its worst security crisis in decades.

But the angst is not entirely centered on the prospect of a large and protracted ground war with Russia over Ukraine.

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