The movies of deserted and destroyed Russian gear could also be a humiliation to Russia’s ever-crooked leaders, however it’s new pictures of widespread civilian deaths which will get a few of these leaders indicted for conflict crimes. We’re seeing corporations that have been beforehand holding out announce that they, too, might be closing their Russian ventures. This can be a results of public strain; it could even be company recognition, now, that the state of affairs has so devolved that the one two doubtless outcomes (a brand new conflict that pits NATO nations in opposition to Russia, or a sanctions regime which will minimize off Russia’s financial system indefinitely) each bode unwell for enterprise. Not for months, however for a decade or longer.
Putin himself seems to be trying to impress a wider conflict, maybe as a result of he believes new world sanctions pose a far larger danger to his private rule than a conflict with NATO nations would. And the absurdity of every new anti-Ukraine conspiracy theory being supplied up by Russia’s prime leaders means that the person could have already got disposed of any Russian officers with even the vaguest hints of intelligence, abandoning solely whichever opportunists may most vigorously lick his boots.
The explanation Russian navy forces are working out of fuel and limping alongside on rotted tires is turning into clearer by the day, and it is main Russia’s adversaries to ask the one query Vladimir Putin has spent his total profession maintaining nations from asking: Simply how a lot of Russia’s vaunted navy is fictitious? We’ll discover out quickly how a lot of their provides and capabilities exist solely on paper after Putin and his fellow kleptocrats bled the nation dry.
A few of right now’s Ukraine information:
Right here at residence, Republican elected officers are nonetheless caught in the identical conundrum they have been in for the reason that conflict’s starting: mouth assist for Ukraine whereas nonetheless stonewalling that assist and pushing numerous Trump-backed conspiracy theories in opposition to the Ukrainian authorities Trump continues to assault.