Two goals of the loser
But he critically needs to raise the stakes right now. The farce with “referendums” was planned later, now the Kremlin wants to hold it without controlling the territory of any of the regions. That is, it is not a farce, but a schizophrenia of weakness.
The last “scarecrows”
Now Moscow will be threatened with mobilization (in the morning of September 21, Putin did announce a partial mobilization – channel 24), which no one is afraid of, and the use of nuclear weapons, which is Putin’s last “scarecrow”.
After all, it will not be possible to intimidate anyone in the winter without gas either, Europe already considers Putin a person who can never be trusted, and accordingly prepared by pumping gas into storage facilities.
It’s time for the West and China to sit down together and quickly think about what to do with the crazy thing called Russia. What is happening there cannot be treated with pills.