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When Vladimir Putin stood as much as talk at this week’s Victory Working day parade in Moscow’s Crimson Sq., there was an expectation – concerning the earth and in Russia – that he would decisively search for to escalate the conflict in Ukraine in the direction of a conclusion.

However as Moscow correspondent Andrew Roth tells Michael Safi, Putin did little or no of the kind. He didn’t even assert the victories which were available to him: there have been no bulletins relating to defeated metropolitan areas in Ukraine now beneath Russian administration. As a substitute, he spoke of aiding the army households who had sacrificed their sons to the battle.

The muted tone of the speech was revealing: it shows, suggests Roth, that Putin is confronted with a dilemma that might make or break his presidency and his legacy in Russia. If he escalates the battle he stands extra prospect of worthwhile the kind of victory he initially hoped for. However must which are unsuccessful, he would face humiliation. Alternatively, he might assert victory now and seek for to de-escalate the battle. However would a minimal, compromised declaration of victory be considered something however a retreat?

The ultimate resolution merely can’t be delayed indefinitely. Russia’s elite stopping items are nearing exhaustion. And the constrained ‘operation’ doesn’t however let for a total-scale mobilisation. However there may be increasing recognition in Moscow and elsewhere that Ukraine’s fighters must not be underestimated. Putin doesn’t maintain all of the aces on this battle.



Vladimir Putin watches the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, Russia

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