Putin in dire straits as Ukrainian anti-offensive measures advance rapidly – ​​Transcontinental Times

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UKRAINE: As Russian President Vladimir Putin boldly declared the illegal annexation of four Ukrainian industrial centers, including Donetsk, Luhansk, Zaporizhzhia and Kherson, his rival enemy was slowly gaining ground in these occupied regions to liberate them.

The Russian leader appeared in Red Square last week for a grand ceremony in which he formally incorporated these four pieces of provinces into Russia. He exploded into a microphone saying: “Truth is on our side, and truth is strength.”The victory will be ours.

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The Kremlin continued to legitimize the “fake” referendums conducted in these four regions as hundreds of thousands of Russian men fled Russia after Putin declared a mandatory military call.

Things weren’t easy on the battlefield either. Consequently, Putin and his supporters are now trying to control the narrative of the crisis by reframing what they once claimed was the “denazification » of Ukraine and the protection of Russian speakers as an existential fight against the whole “collective” West. Apparently, this is the truth, and none of this is on Russia’s side.

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Meanwhile, several political analysts and pundits have speculated that the degrading nature of “special military operation » takes its toll on the leader, who has his head in the clouds and has convinced himself of an inevitable victory even as his soldiers continue to flee his cause.

He is in a blind zone. It seems like he doesn’t really see what’s going on. Riddle Russia editor Anton Barbashin argues with the Russian president.

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Like many analysts, Barbashin believes that Putin has been greatly discouraged by the West’s overwhelming support for Ukraine, as well as Kyiv’s fierce resistance to the occupation.

The 70-year-old leader has apparently become trapped in his own system – his own autocratic style hampers his rationality and access to solid intelligence. “You can’t question his ideas” explains Tatyana Stanovaya, the boss of the analysis firm R.Politik.

“Everyone who works with Mr. Putin knows his image of the world and of Ukraine; they know his expectations. They cannot give him information that contradicts his vision. This is how it works. “

The president’s final speech, under the lavish golden chandeliers of the Kremlin, reaffirmed his vision of a new world order, which seemed idealistic at best.

It’s about a mighty Russia, an intimidated Western world that has been forced to learn respect, and Kyiv once again subservient to Moscow. To achieve peace, Russia must go to war.

Despite his losses on the battlefield and a grim picture of possible defeat staring him in the face, the leader refuses to give up his illusions and is in no mood to withdraw his fighting position.

“A lot of the major calculations the Kremlin was working with didn’t pan out, and it doesn’t look like Putin has a plan B, other than to keep pushing people to the front line and hope the absolute numbers will stop Ukraine from advance further.”, Anton Barbashin believes.

However, this idea of ​​a new world order is not a collective dream shared by the Russian population in general, especially the working middle class, who were forced to leave their jobs and their families to enlist in the war started by Putin.

While many Russians could somehow digest the fact that the Ukrainian conflict was needed as a “special military operation, people began to lose hope after Putin showed the true nature of his shrinking army and declared military conscription compulsory. “Push people to the front” is a significant change in itself.

Barbashin says, During the first months, the deceased came mainly from the outskirts and small centers. But the mobilization will eventually change that, as the coffins will return to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Separately, nearly 30 percent of Ukraine’s successes were achieved in major counter-offensive measures in the east thanks to British and German missile systems, a Ukrainian officer said on condition of anonymity.

Ukraine has asked the United States to provide more air defense systems in anticipation of attacks on its infrastructure in winter, Politico reports.

European countries will also send more military equipment to Ukraine to fight Russia, including more French Caesar-style howitzers, French President Emmanuel Macron has said.

US President Joe Biden’s scathing comments on recent breakthroughs in the conflict suggest that Russia may now be moving in another direction in the war to regain the upper hand and resort to “the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons, biological or chemical weapons. This decision is strongly impacted by the reality on the ground of the Red Army, which is “significantly late.

For the first time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, we face a direct threat of the use of nuclear weapons if the situation really continues to evolve in the direction it is evolving.

“Use of nuclear weapons by the Russian Federation could lead to Armageddon”, Biden added.

Also read: Ukraine acquires territory that Putin had annexed from Russia

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