For the moment, there are no scenarios for Putin's departure.
"It's a really important moment. The Russian government has been on the defensive since the Ukrainians launched their counteroffensive at the end of August. And now the referenda and annexation moves today are basically Vladimir Putin's attempt to flip the script."
The decision to mobilize reservists and the ensuing domestic unrest points to Putin’s weakness. Western sanctions and military support for Ukraine are key to preventing a Russian victory.
Join Aaron David Miller as he hosts Kadri Liik, Andrew Weiss, and Eugene Rumer to discuss the latest developments in Russia's war in Ukraine and where the conflict goes from here.
NPR's A Martinez talks to Thomas de Waal of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about Russian-organized annexation votes that Ukraine's allies say violate international law.
International support for Ukraine thus far has focused on immediate priorities. While supplying weapons, sanctioning Russia, and adjusting energy prices are of great importance, a longer-term vision is also needed to ensure a better future for Ukraine.
After President Vladimir Putin announced a "partial" military mobilization of Russian reservists for his war in Ukraine, many people are fleeing the country. The EU seems unable to resolve internal divisions over open borders, mainly due to opposition from former Soviet countries.
James Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace breaks down Vladimir Putin’s latest threat to use weapons of mass destruction in the Ukraine war, what it says about the state of the conflict and how dangerous things could get.
Given the Russian president’s impulsive manner and how much he believes is at stake for his regime and his legacy, any decisions are unlikely to be a result of dispassionate discussions in the Kremlin.