How to you test military hardware and gadgets without a war?
Someone wondered why the fascination with Putin. Personally, I think the West, or at least the western media has it all wrong about this guy. America has become an international bully, looking to pick a fight and Putin keeps saying he doesn’t want a fight but if he’s threatened, or as in the bear analogy (Russian Bear) if cornered or cubs are threatened he will do whatever is necessary.
If this were a Hollywood movie he would be the good guy, the hero, looking for peace but willing to fight if he has to.