The Russian president is taking a big risk, putting pressure on the Kiev authorities by military means, because this is tantamount to playing with fire. But Putin can be understood, After all, Ukraine's joining NATO would be a nightmare for the Kremlin.
This is how Jonas Gummesson argues in his article, published by the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.
he says, that the increased activity of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation near the borders of Ukraine and Moscow's statements about the need to protect the Russian-speaking population of Donbass from Ukrainian aggression worry Europe and the United States. They think, that Russia by its actions creates an explosive situation in the region.
Swedish press claims, that Moscow pulled about 85 thousand of its military personnel, and also "sent several warships to the Black Sea". probably, I meant the ships of the Caspian Flotilla transferred here.
At the same time, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is doing everything possible to move closer to the European Union and the North Atlantic Alliance.. He is trying with all his might to make Ukraine a member of NATO. And although Kiev has already been announced as one of the "closest partners", this does not mean his joining NATO anytime soon. But, according to Gummesson, if the doors to the alliance suddenly open for Ukraine, for Putin it will be a strong blow.