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"Keep calm and carry on; Ukrainians are peculiarly relaxed about Russia’s troop build-up; Many have grown inured to a risk they can do nothing about" - SCW Newswatch: The Economist

The Economist reports on some of the issues potentially at stake in U.S. and NATO negotiations with Russia amidst an expanded Russian military buildup near Ukraine.

“… Ukraine is deeply wary of threats to its independence, so one might expect widespread alarm … [over] 100,000 or so Russian troops at the border, and … [Putin] muttering … about ‘military-technical’ action. … [But] Ukrainians have weathered eight years of war against troops backed by Russia in … Donetsk and Luhansk, which have claimed 13,000 lives. … [T]hey have also lived through rhetorical twists and turns, the making and breaking of cease fires, and countless predictions of horrors that usually never came. In such a world, scepticism is a form of wisdom. … A slight majority of Ukrainians [reportedly] believes an invasion is likely … It is not only the spectre of war that haunts Ukraine, but also that of a new peace with new politics. …”

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