Where does Putin get off here? He is losing a war that Russians do not want. He murders civilians and complains when somebody attempts to damage his bridge to the Crimea. His Russian conscripts are adding to the refugee crisis in neighbouring countries. He is no Josef Stalin.
Josef Stalin won with starvation. He is reported to have starved 3.9 million people in the Ukraine in the early 1930s. He took their crops and left them to starve. While Putin was celebrating his false annexation of more of Ukraine, the Ukrainians were busy taking some of the area back.
What we have learned from Putin’s war so far is that the Russian Army is a sham. The conscripts do not want to fight. There is no honour for Russia in Putin’s war.
Putin is waging a war of rockets against a civilian population. If the West could have closed the skies over Ukraine at the beginning, the war would be over by now.
Throughout the Cold war of the late 1900s, the West was threatened in Europe by Russian tanks poised to sweep across the continent. They turn out to be a sham. Tanks need intensive training. When they sit, they rust.
The difference we see in this war is that the Ukrainians have a leader. The Russians have a dictator with delusions of grandeur. The Ukraine is fighting for its homeland. The Russians are fighting for a dictator they dislike.
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