Dalibor Rohac

Is the West deceiving itself about Russia’s ‘defeat’ in Ukraine?

A protest on the streets of Kyiv (Getty images)

Following his fateful decision to invade Ukraine, Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin has been customarily described as a high-stakes gambler. Yet the embarrassing underperformance of the Russian military in Ukraine and the bite of Western sanctions suggest that Putin is no genius mastermind strategist but a risk taker who has bitten off more than he can chew.

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Dalibor Rohac
Dalibor Rohac is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC. He tweets @DaliborRohac

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