Germany: Back to the Ukraine?

The success of the great gamble which Hitler took last week will hinge first on victory in war and then, just as vitally, on victory in occupation. For just 24 years ago Germany won another war with Russia only to lose the occupation. Before his troops marched last week Hitler may—and very likely did—pause to review this pertinent chapter of history:

After the Russian revolution in 1917, the Ukraine split with the Bolsheviks and signed a separate treaty with Germany on Feb. 9, 1918. But the Soviet armies drove into the Ukraine, to its...

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