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An intellectual battle rages: Is the U.S. in a proxy war with Russia?

By Karen DeYoung

18 Apr 2023 · 8 min read

Editor's Note

The Biden administration denies it's trying to "finish" Russia. But leaked documents revealed the extent of U.S. involvement in Ukraine, stoking an intellectual and political debate. The Post reports.

Three days before the Feb. 24 anniversary of his Ukraine invasion, Vladimir Putin outlined what he had learned during a year of war. With its ever-increasing supply of sophisticated weapons, Putin said, the West was now using Ukraine as a "testing range" for its plans to destroy Russia.

Its goal was "to spark a war in Europe, and to eliminate competitors by using a proxy force," he said in a presidential address. "They plan to finish us once and for all."

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