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A Path To Peace In Ukraine

For Putin, this war against Ukraine is all about winning unmitigated power at home. That is made rather more difficult by an economy that is tanking under the pressure of severe Western sanctions, and by the resolve of the Ukrainians as more and more bodies of Russian soldiers come home. It’s an increasingly difficult story to sell at home. 

Now, Putin is attempting to reach out to the Russian masses with some financial measures that he promises will help overcome what he calls the failed “economic blitzkrieg” by the West, which he compared to anti-semitic violence by fascists. The ruble has collapsed, inflation is soaring, increasingly costly staples are disappearing from shelves, and the economic crisis is undeniable. Still, the consequences of sanctions are just beginning to be felt, which means that Putin's standing in the polls is not yet being destroyed, and there is still time for him to create an increased amount of fear at home, based on an external threat, to avoid being blamed for a total financial meltdown that affects every single Russian. 

The new story being pushed by Moscow attempts to reduce Ukraine to a mere puppet of the United States in this war. Ukraine is no longer a great enough “threat” now for Putin to accomplish what he needs to at home (the move from autocratic to authoritarian). Instead, Russians are being told they are at war with the United States, bringing this to a much more serious level. 


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