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John Matisonn | Has Putin finally miscalculated?

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Russian President Vladimir Putin may have miscalculated his invasion of Ukraine, argues the writer. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Russian President Vladimir Putin may have miscalculated his invasion of Ukraine, argues the writer. Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin got away with his previous wars – in Georgia, eastern Ukraine and Syria – without suffering much at home, and he weathered the world’s criticism. The invasion of Ukraine has forever marked him as a pariah, writes John Matisonn. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin's brutal blitzkrieg attack on independent, democratic Ukraine is a watershed moment likely to initiate a new Cold War as long as he remains in power. 

Putin justified the invasion by saying he is fighting Nazis and stopping "genocide" without providing evidence, and his declared war aims - to "demilitarise and denazify" Ukraine - can only be read as a plan to implement regime change.

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