I have a feeling the only reason Putin has gone through with this invasion is because the west wouldn’t ignore it. They built up armies in all the countries around Ukraine and that’s the attention Putin couldn’t turn down. He said Russia was not planning on invading Ukraine but I think they were forced to because NATO was antagonizing a fight. A few hundred years ago, it would have taken months for the news of Putin’s Russian army building up around Ukraine to get to the US. Now it takes a few minutes via satellite. This changes warfare dramatically.