When Russian soldiers invaded Ukraine on February 24, 2022, President Vladimir Putin’s goal was to seize territory, deprive kyiv of its sovereignty, uproot the very idea of its national identity and transform what it would remain in a failed state.
After months of fierce resistance, Ukraine’s statehood and identity are more entrenched than ever, and all the woes Putin intended to inflict on it now affect his own country. Putin’s war is turning Russia into a failed state, with unchecked borders, private military formations, a fleeing population, moral decay and the possibility of civil conflict. And while the confidence of Western leaders in Ukraine’s ability to withstand the terror of Vladimir Putin has grown steadily, it is doubts about Russia’s own ability to survive the war that are growing. the extent.