Russian leader Vladimir Putin could right now be facing his Gettysburg, experiencing the pivotal moment of his presidency.
For those in need of a quick history lesson, Gettysburg, fought over three days in early July 1863, was the decisive battle of the American Civil War, a battle that tipped the conflict in the union’s favor. It was also an accidental battle. A sleepy village in southern Pennsylvania, Gettysburg was not strategically important, and the rebel and union armies did not intend to fight then and there: they collided unexpectedly and were forced to give battle on ground not of their choosing.
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Justin Burke is the Managing Editor of EurasiaNet.org. Chris Rickleton provided reporting from Bishkek.