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2022-06-03

Is a turning point nigh?

This article in Unherd which (in my jaundiced judgement) has normally followed the "We must drive Putin out at all costs" narrative (and still suggests that the Russian armed forces have taken a beating and are nearing the limits of their operational effectiveness) is nevertheless now arguing for a negotiated settlement that would be acceptable to Putin.

"After all, the two sides have already reached agreement on the broadest issues: Zelenskyy has already stated that Ukraine will not join Nato and the Russian side has already accepted Ukraine’s entry into the European Union"

Personally I was unaware of that second assertion (and if I were Putin I would be very slow indeed to concede it) but nevertheless we have here a plea for good sense and a negotiated settlement. 

This strikes me as a belated but positive move in the right direction.


However, in the same edition there are other articles of different persuasion, of which I would highlight this one by , which seeks to review Putin's progress following the fall of the Soviet Union and to analyse his motivations that he will  carry forward in the future.

Putin's war is just beginning

Time will tell.