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Six ways the war in Ukraine could end

Andreas Kluth
Andreas Kluth3/4/2022 05:27 PM GMT+08  • 7 min read
Six ways the war in Ukraine could end
Unlike his Soviet predecessors, Putin has no politburo around him or other credible checks and balances; he decides alone.
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Nobody knows how Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine will end, but most scenarios range from bad to worse. To grasp them, start by considering what is indubitably the world’s most notorious rat.

That’s the one Russian President Vladimir Putin claims he once — as a boy in what was then Leningrad — chased down a hallway. Cornered, the rat turned and attacked him.

Why has Putin made sure that this anecdote keeps getting recycled among Russia watchers the world over? The conventional wisdom is that it’s yet another of his veiled threats. I’m that rat, except that I have nuclear claws, he implies. So don’t corner me.

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