Russians Turn Against Putin’s War
These days I start my day by reading the report from the Institute for the Study of War(ISW). Twitter has become X and its evolution or devolution depending on which side of the political spectrum you fall in, has become a tad bit too much for my information consumption. Western publications are slowly taking the back seat. The thirst for independent reporting has taken me to the watering hole called ISW and left me there.
The thinktank popped my eyes open today. For the first time since the onset of the conflict initiated by Putin in Ukraine, a majority of Russian citizens now express opposition to the war. Vladimir Putin will not run a reelection campaign centered around the Ukraine war, but he will pivot to domestic stability and “increased criticism of the West instead of focusing on the war”.
“Putin and other Russian government officials have already signaled their intention to intensify censorship efforts by claiming that some Russian citizens who left Russia and others still in Russia have begun efforts to discredit the upcoming Russian presidential elections and that Russia will do “everything necessary” to prevent election meddling,” wrote the ISW.
As the entire world knows, on one meddles in elections inside Russia other than the Kremlin. But you have to give to these guys for always finding a way to blame some one else for the crimes they commit. It is unparalleled in history.
Putin needs help
Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot win this war on his own. He needs to find a way to convince the west to drop their support for Ukraine, that and only that is his way to win the war.
At a meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club, a Moscow-based think tank, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Putin said that Ukraine was being propped up “thanks to multi-billion donations that come each month”.
“If one just stops, it will all die in a week,” Putin said.
“The same applies to the defence system. Just imagine the aid stops tomorrow. It will live for only a week when they run out of ammo,” he said.