Winging It: Putin Has No Master Plan for Ukraine Crisis, Officials Say

August 5, 2014 10:30 AM

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Winging It: Putin Has No Master Plan for Ukraine Crisis, Officials Say

Russian President Vladimir Putin has been "improvising" throughout the Ukraine crisis and still appears to have no long-term strategy for either cementing the gains of pro-Russian separatists or withdrawing from what is quickly becoming a protracted military crisis, according to U.S. officials and outside experts on the Kremlin.

"There's been a lot of improvisation by Putin and it’s been a challenge to anticipate," said one senior U.S. official familiar with intelligence on the continuing conflict along the Ukraine-Russia border.

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