Owen Matthews Owen Matthews

Bullets across the strait

He may have underestimated Petro Poroshenko’s stomach for a fight

On Europe’s eastern borderlands, trouble is brewing. Two headstrong leaders — Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko — both with authoritarian tendencies and both facing sagging popularity at home, have swapped trading insults for exchanging bullets across the Strait of Kerch.

The frightening truth is that war would suit both presidents’ short-term interests.

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