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Putin Is Now More Dangerous Than Ever

Russian forces have now seized the strategic port city of Kherson, which would provide a land bridge to Crimea. With the invasion now entering its 9th day, Putin’s 60-mile-long convoy is still stalling outside of Kyiv in the north as of late Thursday, while another round of talks between Russia and Ukraine produced only Russian resolve to continue the onslaught despite the fact that Putin has now become an outcast and is being cut off from much of the world. 

There is one school of thought here that Putin has already lost the war. There is another school of thought that much worse is to come and that an unhinged leader has nothing more to lose as Moscow reels from sanctions and hundreds of Russian soldiers won’t be coming home, ever (Moscow says they’ve lost just under 500 forces; Kyiv says the Russians losses have hit 9,000). It’s not the walk-in-the-park Putin seems to have thought it would be. It’s not the crowning achievement of a would-be authoritarian. Russians are likely unimpressed, at best, and bitter, at worst, as the Russian economy tanks and the ruble loses 30% of its value.

Back in Russia, the Interior Ministry has warned people against protesting the war in Ukraine, noting that it has introduced “extra measures” to deal with such protests. An independent monitoring agency says that over 7,500 Russians have been arrested over the past week in anti-war protests. 

Putin’s course here is…

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