Desperate Putin will twist, not stick

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Desperate Putin will twist, not stick

From CNN | Opinion by James Nixey

James Nixey is the director of the Russia-Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, specializing in the relationships between Russia and the other post-Soviet states. He previously worked as an investigative reporter at the Moscow Tribune.

Russia is losing its war against Ukraine. It is not defeated yet. But it is heading in that direction and President Vladimir Putin has fewer and fewer cards to play.

The combination of recent battlefield defeats and Western resolve – in particular, a realization that Europe can just about get through the winter on its reserves without Russia’s usual energy supply volumes, and Western politicians not wanting to U-turn and admit defeat – has dealt Russia a one-two punch.

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