Vladimir Putin does not seem to want to push his war to the extreme. In any case, in his speech on “Victory Day” on May 9, he did not announce the general mobilization that many had predicted. This was noted with relief in the West, and even euphoric tones could be heard from the Ukraine.
A Kyiv newspaper, citing intelligence sources, reported on Tuesday that the Kremlin had ordered the Russian media to prepare audiences for a defeat in Ukraine. But how realistic is this scenario?
Immediately after the “Victory Day” speech, an article appeared on the website of Putin’s favorite newspaper, Komsomolskaya Pravda, with the long headline: “The West expected Putin to declare war and general mobilize. But what for? Everything is going according to plan.”
Before Putin’s speech, there was not a single line in the Russian media about the expectations of the West – now they are delighted that these expectations have come to nothing.
Ideologically, Putinism has nothing to offer its supporters other than the enemy image of the West. And so, even if there was no general mobilization, a tip is made against the “enemies of Russia”.
That would be laughable if it weren’t so sad. Putin may not want to further escalate the war at this time. But under no circumstances will he admit defeat. And there will never be peace with this president anyway. Putin needs the war, he needs the enemy and the supposedly constant threat from outside to legitimize his unjust regime.
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