Other Signs That Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine Could Collapse

There are growing signs that the Russian invasion of Ukraine could be coming undone.

One of the most egregious setbacks in his war is his recent big call for additional troops – a plan that doesn’t seem to be working. Russia’s mobilization has sparked anger at home, forcing the elderly and inexperienced into uniform, saying they lack even basic equipment.

The call follows weeks of embarrassing setbacks for Russian forces, as Ukraine recaptured swaths of its territory. And in the Russian-occupied city of Kherson, Moscow-appointed officials evacuated civilians ahead of another expected Ukrainian counteroffensive.

Ukrainian artillery unit - Zaporizhzhia region
Ukrainian Armed Forces gunners destroy Russian invaders with the help of German FH70 155mm howitzer, Zaporizhzhia region, southeastern Ukraine. October 27, 2022.

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On Russian state television, the tone sometimes seems close to despair. Russia has miscalculated its strength and for eight consecutive months it cannot win in its war against Ukraine, a commentator has said.

Perhaps another sign of Russian desperation is its new tactic: targeting the Ukrainian power grid, which has led to blackouts in Ukraine – but not a collapse in morale.

As Russia’s nuclear forces began annual exercises this week, President Vladimir Putin repeated his government’s allegation that Ukraine might detonate a radioactive device – a so-called “dirty bomb”.

Some fear that Russia is planning a false flag operation, staging an incident and blaming Ukraine, perhaps as a pretext to use a nuclear weapon.

“I’m not guaranteeing you yet that this is a false flag operation, I don’t know,” President Joe Biden said. “But that would be a big, big mistake.”

Ukraine’s defense minister told CBS News that Russia was exhausted and trying to force Ukraine and the West to negotiate.

In a bizarre speech this week, Putin railed against the West, including gay pride parades and so-called cancel culture. But he also said it would make no sense for Russia to use a nuclear weapon.

Biden’s response to this was: If he has no intention, why does he keep talking about it?


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