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Coordinated attacks on Ukraine show Russia's intent to remove government

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LONDON - Europe plunged into its worst security crisis in more than half a century after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his troops into Ukraine on Thursday (Feb 24).

And although the Russian leader referred to the invasion as a "special military operation" confined to the eastern part of Ukraine, the hints he offered about the purpose of the operation indicate that Russia's objective is nothing less than the removal of the Ukrainian government, and the imposition of Russian control in Kyiv.

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