I am reading a lot of Russian philosophy (including Putin’s favorite, Ivan Ilyin
) right now, and unfortunately, I think what is currently happening in Ukraine goes deeper than most people want to believe it does. Putin and the Russian government are not operating on the commonly accepted norms of international relations. Their motivations and decisions are much more ideologically (I would even go so far as to use the word faith) based than we are willing to admit. What that means is that they will drag this out rather than go down in defeat. What is not helping is the current government in Kyiv’s attitude toward the situation. President Poroshenko just stated
“I am [a] president of peace, not [a] president of war.”
Meanwhile another bomb blast just took place in Kharkiv. If that’s not war, what is?
Russia will not give up this fight because they are running out of money. The lack of money will only force more terror attacks like the ones in Kharkiv, Kyiv, and Odessa, just to name a few.
Russia needs/wants Kyiv. They will settle for nothing less. But they need the Ukrainian people to give it to them. So more and more terror attacks will take place until the Ukrainian people finally say that enough is enough, and gift it to Moscow. The only question in my mind is how long it will take them to achieve their goal.