If extreme escalation is to be avoided, then the best option is for Zelensky and Putin to eventually meet in face-to-face talks.
Mission creep is even easier when it’s another nation’s soldiers fighting and dying on the front line.
Or are more than three million armed personnel going to continue to sit it out while the Ukrainians battle it out?
Their armed forces had plenty of experience purging political dissidents, much less actually fighting wars.
Whilst the Western powers are united and re-arming, major regional players are refusing to follow their lead.
Moscow’s status anxiety previously impeded an ‘alliance of autocracies’. It can no longer afford it.
Talk of face-saving and exit ramps is not for our benefit, nor really for Putin’s, but for Ukraine’s.
Though it is early days, events in Ukraine may have reduced the public’s blame for the government for a decline in living standards.
We need a Free World Trade Organisation – a democratic alliance to achieve energy independence and control crucial supply chains
Democratic nations need a much more coherent and comprehensive response to the new authoritarian powers.
If we do not taking our commitments to defend our values seriously, the world will swiftly become a much more dangerous place.
Their country is not in any danger of attack, but the leadership in Moscow have spent a decade building a frightening alternate reality.
It took the wholesale conquest of Germany to put the Nazis on trial; the odds of seeing Putin in the Hague are remote.
The Russian president has encountered much more determined military, economic, and political resistance than he anticipated.
In Syria and Libya, the West has had plenty of opportunities to study the Kremlin’s brutal but often effective tactics.