By Filipp Piatov, Paul Ronzheimer and Albert Link

    So far, the Ukraine war has been a single failure for Kremlin despot Vladimir Putin (69). Now that the mood is changing in the country, he is counting on escalation. And obviously: to the division of the West.

    His speech on the illegal annexation of four regions of Ukraine: A single attempt to sow discord.

    This is how Putin wants to split the West

    They celebrate the illegal annexation: Putin (centre) with his new governors Denis Puschilin (2nd from right, Donetsk), Leonid Passetschnik (right, Luhansk), Yevhen Balyzkyj (2nd from left, Zaporizhia) and Vladimir Saldo (left Kherson ) Photo: picture alliance / ASSOCIATED PRESS | Grigory Sysoyev

    ▶︎ Example one: Putin blamed the “Anglo-Saxons” for the explosion of the Baltic Sea pipelines. It is unclear whether he was blaming the UK, the US or both.

    The main thing is that transatlantic distrust is sown!

    Example two: He called on the Ukrainian army to stop fighting and at the same time expressed his willingness to negotiate.

    Message for the completely naïve: Peace would not fail because of him.

    Especially since Putin tried again to put the blame for the war on the West: The West sees Russia as a “colony”, wants to oppress it, covers the whole world with its “dictatorship”.

    The motive that his compatriots are supposed to believe in: it is actually also a culture war. The West sees Russia’s culture as a threat. Putin cited homosexuality and transsexuality as examples. He can hope for applause in Hungary, Serbia or Poland. A split issue for Europe.

    What Putin forgot to mention in his hate speech against the West: Even China and India are turning their backs on Moscow because of the barbaric war of aggression.

    At times it became absurd: “The West lies like Goebbels,” Putin said at one point. On another, he claimed that Germany was occupied by the United States.

    Low point: He accused the Allies of “sheer cruelty” in bombing Nazi Germany – without mentioning responsibility for the atrocities of World War II.

    Why this tactic?

    To distract from the problems at home that concern millions of Russians:

    • the disastrous situation at the front
    • the unsuccessful mobilization
    • the bitter mass exodus
    • the economic slump

    And: Putin knows that the energy crisis has the greatest potential for division in Europe. He’s playing for time.