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Putin Bombs Ukraine | Quick Take | GZERO Media

Putin bombs Ukraine

Ian Bremmer's Quick Take: Hi everybody. Ian Bremmer here. A happy Monday to you. A Quick Take, again, turning to the war in Russia. Lots going on, almost all of it escalatory at this point. Most recent state of play, a spectacular attack by the Ukrainians on the Kerch Bridge, the Crimea bridge that was said by Putin to be impregnable, can't possibly be able to attack it. It was providing a lot of supply chain, military supply chain from Russia sourcing capabilities material into Crimea and the rest of Ukraine, and suddenly significantly disrupted by a Ukrainian truck bomb.

That led Putin to respond in the early hours today, rush hour in Ukraine. Indiscriminate attacks against all of Ukraine's major cities. Nearly 100 bombs, civilian targets, killing lots of Ukrainians. An act of state terrorism on the part of Russia. On the one hand, absolutely horrifying that the Ukrainians are living through the kind of attacks in recent years that we've only seen in Aleppo in Syria, in Grozny, by the Russians in early post-Soviet days, and now seeing it across Ukraine.

War crimes, yet again. Acting with impunity in terms of Russia's complete indifference to how the rest of the world sees him and reacts to him. Having said all of that, part of the reason why we're seeing state terrorism from Putin is because he does not have conventional capabilities to respond to the Ukrainian counter offensive, which continues to eat up territory, Ukrainian territory, that they are retaking from the Russian occupation, significantly in Kherson which is north of Crimea, but if the Ukrainians are able to take it, that would disrupt yet another key supply chain of Russia to Crimea.

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Ukraine’s Bridge Attack on Putin’s 70th Birthday Can Have Consequences | Europe In :60 | GZERO Media

Following Ukraine’s Crimea bridge attack, expect Putin to escalate "until he collapses"

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, shares his perspective on European politics from Bodrum, Turkey.

What is happening with the war in Ukraine?

Well, most spectacular was, of course, the Ukrainian attack against the bridge over the Kerch Strait, linking Russia proper and Crimea that the Ukrainians carried out on Mr. Putin's 70th birthday. The mood must have been very somber in the Kremlin when they saw the videos of that particular attack. But Mr. Putin is likely to escalate. I think he will escalate until he collapses. And I hate, have to say that I fear that also nuclear weapons at some point in time might be part of his efforts in that particular respect.

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Ian Explains: The Dangers of Russia Losing Badly | GZERO World

The dangers of Russia losing badly

Vladimir Putin has a much bigger long-term problem beyond Ukraine: Russia's population is shrinking, which for political scientist Ivan Krastev will impact how post-Putin Russia looks like because Putin won't let Russians even talk about it.

That's a big deal, he tells Ian Bremmer, because the West seems to be primarily focused on isolating Russia while dreaming of a post-Putin world ... without Russia.

Meanwhile, Krastev says the Russians are prepping for a future in which they deal with China instead of the West — which is equally far off for them.

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