- Ukrainian interference had a big payoff for Putin.
The world took notice when, in 2014, Ukraine’s presidential election experienced cyber attacks linked to Russia. You might remember some very serious and destructive protests breaking out in Kiev, as the election was of great importance to Putin. Basically, Ukraine was looking at joining NATO, which was the last thing Putin wanted. So, he interfered and ultimately got what he wanted — Ukraine’s president turned his back on NATO and warmed up to Russia post-election.
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