Opinion: Putin has to escalate the situation in order to survive | Europe | News and current affairs from around the continent | DW

There’s no going back — if Russian President Vladimir Putin loses his war of aggression against Ukraine, it will cost him his power, perhaps more. The same is true for politicians in the government and in parliament who have linked their fates to the Kremlin chief, for better or for worse. They are panicking. Given the Ukrainians’ recent success in retaking their territory, Russia is looking at defeat, something no one in Moscow expected. That’s why Putin has now announced a partial mobilization and called up 300,000 reservists. They are supposed to stop the advance of the Ukrainians; an advance that bears witness to the desperate state of the Russian army.

Weakened and isolated?

On the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Uzbekistan just a few days…

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