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Ready for a Fight?

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It's not terrible surprising that these different sources might offer different outlooks. But it would be nice to get some refereeing of the very different estimations. This article in the Guardian leans a bit more toward the conclusion that the Russians could face a difficult battle to take and even more to hold Ukrainian territory outside the Crimean Peninsula.

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