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Winter Is Coming, and Putin Is Failing

Since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Europe has witnessed its most intense fighting since World War II. But a highly successful Ukrainian counteroffensive indicates that the tide is turning decisively against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who cannot deny reality indefinitely.

STOCKHOLM – When Russian President Vladimir Putin launched his war of aggression against Ukraine on February 24, he evidently expected a quick and easy victory. Having implied in his speeches that Ukraine was a flimsy fiction of a nation, he assumed that it was bound to collapse, although he committed almost 85% of Russia’s active-duty army to his so-called “special operation.”