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Mass strikes on Ukraine are a desperate answer to Putin’s critics at home

By Andrew Roth and Pjotr Sauer

10 Oct 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

A sharp analysis in The Guardian shows how the escalation of attacks on Ukraine may mark a shift in strategy under Russia’s new battlefield commander, known as “General Armageddon” for his brutality.

The victims were ordinary Ukrainians: those who died at the busy intersection of Volodymyrska and Shevchenko streets in Kyiv, at a downtown playground, or the hundreds of thousands now in homes without light, water and heat in cities across the country due to a barrage of Russian cruise missiles.

But Vladimir Putin’s “mass strikes” on Monday were also a desperate answer to his military’s critics at home, to the fact that Russia’s invasion is failing, and to his own wounded pride after the Crimean Bridge, a pet project, was rocked by an explosion this weekend.

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