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.
▶︎ 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.