Sam Leith Sam Leith

Has Putin resurrected the West?

We didn't know what we stood for — but we know what we stand against

I think Putin will have been surprised. I mean: I was surprised. Weren’t you? Not, necessarily, that Ukraine should have been resisting as valiantly as it is; nor even that Russia’s supposedly unstoppable war machine should have found itself out of petrol on a chilly highway from which the road signs have been removed.

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