Crimea as consolation prize: Russia faces some big costs over Ukrainian region

By Will Englund, March 15, 2014

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted Ukraine. He’s getting Crimea. Is that a prize or an encumbrance?

If Ukraine had come under the Kremlin’s sway, Russia would have expanded its economic reach, pushed the European Union back and likely gained control of the pipelines feeding Russian natural gas to the West.

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