‘This is so crazy’: Vladimir Putin is running out of options in Ukraine. Experts are split on what it means

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s February 24th invasion of Ukraine is an undeniable disaster for the 69-year-old former spy.

Seven months in, tens of thousands of his soldiers have been captured or killed. Combat equipment that has not been destroyed or disabled has been commandeered by the Western-backed Ukrainian resistance led by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, whose latest counteroffensive campaigns have stalled Putin’s fighters and either liberated or recaptured Eastern territories that were previously illegally occupied by Russia. Numerous accusations of war crimes and genocide have emerged, and economic sanctions imposed by the United States, the European Union, and other nations have choked the Russian petrostate economy.

Worse still for Putin, his propagandists on state television who spew out Kremlin-approved daily disinformation, demand that Ukraine be wiped off the map, and threaten to unleash atomic Armageddon have begun to sour on his conquest. Putin’s political opposition has even started advocating for him to retreat from Ukraine or abdicate the presidency, despite the enormous potential perils that shadow open defiance.

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Growing public dissent and disapproval of Putin’s unprovoked war has led to media blackouts, mass arrests of protesters, and citizens skedaddling out of Russia to avoid becoming cannon fodder for “Uncle Vova.”

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