Putin seems to be uninterested in putting an end to Russia’s bloody conflict against Ukraine.
In “addition” to Crimea annexed in 2014 and captured parts of Donbas, four Ukrainian territories have been proclaimed by Moscow, although unlawfully, as belonging to the Russian Federation.
Putin is threatening the entire West and Ukraine. However, the Russian dictator in agony is also witnessing the downfall of his empire.
Not only was Russia’s position in the post-Soviet region were weakened by Putin’s cruel war against Ukraine. It eliminated its influence, leaving only its outward manifestation in the region, Ukrainian political expert Vitaliy Portnikov writes.
At the informal CIS summit in St. Petersburg, the presidents of the former Soviet states were still present. But there was no more unconditioned obedience to Moscow shown. First, let’s look at who is attending this meeting. Putin and Lukashenko were merely not invited to the summit of the European political community, although President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Prime Minister of Armenia Nikola Pashinyan had concluded a peace deal in Prague before they visited Russia.
Kassim-Jomart Tokayev, the president of Kazakhstan, refused to acknowledge the “people’s republics” of Donbas and mentioned the “quasi-states” that Russia had established at the same St. Petersburg business summit. And Sadyr Zhaparov, the president of Kyrgyzstan, declined to attend the meeting due to the dispute between his nation and Tajikistan.
Furthermore, Russia is powerless to intervene in this crisis between the two CSTO nations. As a result, Kyrgyzstan canceled CSTO military drills on its soil, forcing Russia to accept the decision.
The war in Ukraine is being closely watched by former Soviet nations, who are persuaded that notions of Russia’s power have been considerably inflated, even the most fervent chauvinists in Moscow are forced to agree.
Russians are always willing to humiliate the weak, but when they are rejected, they instantly lose all of their imagined greatness. Because of this, Putin’s failure in our nation won’t just result in his ultimate loss of influence over Ukraine.
All the latest developments will result in Russia’s complete loss of power over the entire post-Soviet region. Ultimately, the Russian empire will fall.