Putin’s having a week. The Russian forces were forced to beat a hasty retreat back across great swathes of Ukraine at the cost of the majority of their men and materiel and now Putin is forced to call in the reserves. An estimated 300,000 reserves, who Russia can neither properly train or outfit, are now expected to muster and march into Ukraine in winter in an attempt to rescue Putin’s folly.
Russian support for the “Special Military Operation” could previously be best described as indifferent, sending 300,000 sons and daughters of mother Russia into the maw may shift that a bit. Already state officials across the vast Russian landscape have started to decry what is one of history’s great self-owns on the part of their dear leader.
The general consensus is that Putin’s conscription is an act of desperation. They’ve suffered massive casualties over more than six months of combat during an offensive that was supposed to be wrapped up over a long weekend. Conscription is a tacit admission of failure. Putin wasn’t the four-dimensional chess master he was made out to be. The mighty Russian military is held together with paper clips and duct tape. The troops have the disciple of squirrels at a bird feeder.
The hunt is on for a way for Putin to save face. Until that opportunity presents itself, he’ll continue to pop up on state-run media every few months to rattle the nuclear saber and blabber about the imaginary Nazis he conjured out of thin air to justify his invasion.
A remarkable and well-deserved fall from grace.
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