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Leonid Bershidsky

Putin Wants to Win, But Not at All Costs

His military strategy is far more calculated than his predecessors'.
Breaking the Soviet mold.

Breaking the Soviet mold.

Photographer: Maxim Marmur/AFP/Getty Images

As Russia has worked to convince the world that its military power is growing, it has concealed its costs in terms of blood and treasure. But newly revealed statistics show surprisingly low casualties despite engagements in Crimea, eastern Ukraine and Syria. 

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