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Experts weigh in on Russian invasion leading to possible world war

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WISCONSIN, (WAOW)-- Despite the situation in Ukraine continuing to worsen, political experts said they don't believe another world war is likely. 

However, experts say American should stay informed.

"We've known he's a dictator, but I would say even for a dictator this is another level of malevolent, dangerous action," said Yoshiko Herrera, Professor for the Department of Political Science at UW Madison. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin has had control of Russia for decades. Experts said his goal of invading Ukraine was to take control of the country, which was once part of the Soviet Union, and to make a statement to the rest of the world. 

"All he has really to go on anymore to satisfy the Russian people is this cultural sense of Russian nationalism, and that Russia needs to be respected as a great power and to do that it needs to be able to control its neighbors," said Jeff Leigh, Professor of History, UWSP Wausau Campus. 

Experts said Putin's resources won't last forever and the invasion has already prompted a strong global response, including economic sanctions on Russia from the United States.

"This aggression cannot go unanswered. If it did, the consequences for America would be much worse. America stands up to bullies. We stand up for freedom. This is who we are," said United States President Joe Biden.

Putin has threatened countries not to interfere.

"Russia's response will be fast and leave you such consequences you will never face again, in your history," said Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Experts said the possibility of World War three isn't likely. 

"I would say definitively we're not in World War three right now. The world is going to rally together to prevent that. Nobody is taking the prospect of a NATO-Russian confrontation lightly," Herrera said.

However, it's still important to stay informed. 

"Learn everything you can, take this very seriously and think about the world you want to live in," Leigh said. 

The United States is moving additional troops alongside NATO- Ally countries along the Ukrainian borders. 

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