Russia, the West, and the geopolitical 'touch-move rule'

In chess, if you touch a piece with the intent to move it, you are obliged to move that piece if legally possible. It is called a "touch-move rule". After touching the piece, you cannot change your mind — for example, while holding the piece above a square — even if you understand that it was a mistake to touch it in the first place: you must move the piece.

A month after the beginning of the Russian full-blown invasion of Ukraine,

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