Putin attacked Ukraine because he feared the death of Russia. The West is in the midst of high-stakes hostage negotiations with a trillionaire who has the third-largest arsenal of nuclear weapons on the planet. The West has naively defined the terms of the debate, believing that Putin is attempting to rebuild the former USSR. They have waged an economic war and are winning a media war and a proxy war. They will shortly have poured a trillion dollars into Ukraine with aid and weapons, believing they can also win the proxy war as they did in Afghanistan which collapsed the former Soviet Union in humiliation.
The only problem is that the West is playing Russian roulette with a trapped rat who can attack its throat with nuclear weapons. Not understanding why Putin is doing what he is doing and why he is attacking Ukraine may end up being the biggest mistake of the 21st century.
Russia has lost 81 planes, 95 helicopters, 404 tanks, 150 artillery, 1,279 armored vehicles, and 13,500 troops have been killed in Ukraine. The media is seeing this as a tremendous win for the Ukrainians. But it could be just the opposite. It could cause Putin to accelerate the devastation. Remember, Putin thinks he’s fighting for Mother Russia and its very existence. With that in mind, there is no possibility that he would not use a nuclear weapon.
Putin is fighting for the survival of Russia and believes he alone is able to save her. In his mind, he is not the aggressor, but the defender of the motherland. He believes he is defending the true values of the Orthodox faith and social values.
Putin sees the entire world as waging a war against Mother Russia to annihilate it. The Russians have seen Ukrainians with prosperity, driving fancy cars, wearing fashionable clothes, taking vacations all over the world, living in lovely homes, and Putin knows the Russians want the same thing. In his view the nationalism of Ukrainians is Naziism. He is referring to the time in World War II when Ukrainians aligned with the Nazis.
He sees his holy cause as the only way that Russia will survive. President Zelenskyy is in his mind a Jewish gypsy and not even Ukrainian. The fall of the Soviet Union put Russia on ice. Their cultural values were over. A psychological depression infected the nation. The country punched into revolutionary remorse, shutting down all its symbols.
The Soviet Red flag was replaced with a white, blue, and red flag. The state seal was replaced with a two-headed eagle. The national anthem was scrapped in favor of a patriotic song. In Putin’s mind, he’s staring at the grave of Mother Russia, and he and he alone must save her.
Putin really believes he is the savior of the Orthodox Church of the world. He also believes he’s the savior of the world and that Ukraine is an existential threat to Russia. Putin sees the European Union and America as backers of a pro-democracy movement since the Orange Revolution of 2004. He saw the West successfully bring Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and Poland into NATO in 1999. Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia were added in 2004 and in 2008. NATO even considered admitting Georgia and Ukraine.
George W. Bush supported this, but France and Germany opposed it. One Russian newspaper reported that Putin, while speaking with Bush, hinted that if Ukraine was accepted into NATO, it would cease to exist. In the last decade, the U.S. has invested close to $10 billion in Ukraine to promote democracy, funding more than 60 projects. Putin believes the objective is quite clear, to bury Mother Russia.
He sees what’s transpired in Ukraine with its nationalism movement as 100 times more serious a crisis for Russia than America’s Cuban missile crisis. Putin is trapped in a corner believing that he and he alone can only save Russia. He will in fact use nuclear weapons if he believes that it’s the only alternative. Putin has put his nuclear weapons on heightened alert. Putin has almost half the nuclear weapons of the entire world. That’s over 6,255 of the 13,080 in the world, and America has 5,550.