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Putin Is Stuck in Ukrainian Mud, but He Still Has a Nuclear Option

After 25 days of fighting, it looks increasingly likely that Russia's armored columns won’t be driving victoriously down Kyiv’s broad boulevards. But that doesn’t mean Ukraine will avoid even greater suffering

Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer
Anshel Pfeffer

KYIV – Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began three weeks ago, the roads leading into the capital, the main highways, the entrances to military and government buildings, and even Maidan Square have been littered with massive anti-tank obstacles made from giant metal spikes and old railroad tracks welded together. There are enough on the streets of Kyiv now to block an entire armored corps and they are becoming new icons of this historic city. But as things look right now, they won’t be needed.

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