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Analysts: Small circle of Putin aides opted for invasion

The day after he returned from the Winter Olympics, Russian President Vladimir Putin gathered the 12 members of his national security council for a crisis meeting to manage a political implosion in Ukraine that, by all accounts, had surprised Russia’s political and military elite and, above all, infuriated Putin.

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