Putin bluffed and he and his empire lost
"The war in Ukraine is not a civil war. It never was. It always has been, and it remains, a Russian invasion.
I’ve lived in Ukraine for seven years to report on the war. During that time I’ve experienced, firsthand, a type of combat that has exceeded in intensity anything I experienced in Iraq and Afghanistan, both as a special operations pilot (my former profession) and while on the ground as a war correspondent...
American support, in any form — whether through diplomatic gestures or weapons — sends a signal to Ukraine’s soldiers and civilians that they haven’t been forgotten, and that the democratic world order, which they want to be a part of so badly, is still worth fighting for. And these days, I think that’s a message the whole world needs to hear.
With history as our guide, one thing is clear: If the war in Ukraine escalates into a far bigger and deadlier conflict, Ukrainians and Russians won’t be the only ones fighting in it"https://coffeeordie.com/ukraine-war-fighting-for-us/
"WHO rules EAST EUROPE commands the Heartland Who rules the heartland commands the World Island Who rule the world island commands the WORLD" - John Halford Mackinder