But though Russia’s military has been shown to be disorganized, demoralized and poorly-equipped, its sheer strength remains enormous.
The propaganda machine and police state created by Putin have succeeded in keeping the Russian people’s support for the war at surprisingly high levels.
So the question going forward is who is more likely to win a war of attrition.
Putin himself may want to find a successor if he realizes he can no longer hold on to power.
His ratings risk dropping low before the 2024 presidential race, although Russia is hardly famous for holding transparent democratic elections.
Unlike child David, most Western leaders, with a couple of exceptions, are not under the influence of powerful painkillers.
Western media celebrating UAF's battlefield victories and 200,000 or so Russian war losses does not make things better either. »