Russia’s Putin Seeks to Escalate With Ukraine Strikes as Pressure Builds at Home

President Vladimir Putin’s missile attacks on cities across Ukraine on Monday drew condemnation from the West but praise from a growing chorus in Russia, critics say that Moscow, despite the brutality of the invasion, did not show enough toughness.

Speaking hours after one of the war’s biggest and fiercest skirmishes, Putin said Russia had responded to a weekend attack on a key bridge linking Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula that Moscow illegally seized in 2014, with Russia. Putin warned of a harsh response if Kyiv carried out more “terrorist attacks”.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russias-putin-seeks-to-escalate-with-ukraine-strikes-as-pressure-builds-at-home-11665429686 Russia’s Putin Seeks to Escalate With Ukraine Strikes as Pressure Builds at Home

Edmund DeMarche

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