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Why Putin Failed to Keep War Promises



Russia's decision to join Vladimir Putin in the conflict in Ukraine has turned out to be a costly and unsuccessful endeavour. As the battle wears on, it becomes more and more clear that Putin's war pledges have not come to pass, and his nation and military are suffering greatly as a result.


With escalating economic difficulties, growing isolation from the rest of the world, and a tenacious Ukrainian counteroffensive, Putin is "boxed in" and has no practical choices for regaining his position.


Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, a wave of targeted sanctions has damaged Russia's economy, especially targeting its oligarchs and oil exports. Russia is in a worse economic situation than it was prior to the conflict as a result of these sanctions, which have had a considerable impact. The financial hardship has not only had an impact on common people, but it has also hurt Russia's reputation as a powerful participant on the international stage.


President Volodymyr Zelensky has received a lot of support from both his own country and the international community despite his military actions. Thanks to its tenacity and the backing it receives from Western nations, Ukraine has developed into one of the most militarised countries in the world. As a result, Putin's attempts to weaken Ukraine militarily and politically have failed, further isolating him from the international community.


Putin's attempts to firmly establish authority over the territories he seized in February 2022 have failed as the Ukrainian counteroffensive gathers steam. Russia is now at risk of losing Crimea, which it invaded in 2014, rather than securing these areas. Putin's acquisition of Crimea had been a crucial geopolitical decision, but it now seems to be in jeopardy as a result of both home opposition and external pressure.


In addition, NATO's response to Russian aggression has fallen far short of Putin's expectations. The Western alliance has increased its boundaries instead of backing down, and the possibility of future Ukrainian membership in NATO is still on the table. This development severely jeopardises Putin's efforts to stop NATO from invading Russia's borders.


There have been occasions when attacks on Russian territory have occurred within Russia. Despite the fact that Kyiv hasn't admitted responsibility for the majority of these attacks, they point to possible weaknesses in Russia's security system. Russia's capacity to defend its nation has come under scrutiny in the wake of recent drone attacks in Moscow and shelling in the Belgorod region, which borders Ukraine.


Putin must consider the potential of a national reckoning as he himself acknowledges that he is far from succeeding in his military objectives. Putin is more susceptible to internal strife and escalating discontent among his own people the longer the dispute continues without a resolution.

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