Amid Putin's blustering threats, the West has genuine cause for hope

Amid Putin's blustering threats, the West has genuine cause for hope

I’m touching wood as I write, but can you think of anything that is going well for Vladimir Putin? Under his command, the Russian army has just lost not only a conquered territory the size of Wales, but also its aura of invincibility. If it suffers a comparable defeat in the south, the end is nigh. The legendary Russian “meat grinder” still grinds but the sense of its slow, inevitable victory has vanished. The military situation is now so poor …