I am sure was the case with many of you, I spent most of the weekend reading and watching as much about the Ukraine invasion as I could. I was unimpressed by American accounts that invariably faded into one side or the other of the Trump-Biden culture war. What impressed me most were European and Indian news accounts from WION, France 24 and DW News, all of which were streaming on YouTube. Most of the world (with some notable exceptions) have united in condemning Putin's belligerence. Ironically, his use of force has united Europe and America in ways no one would have thought possible.
Germany has reversed its long-standing revulsion at defense spending. It will now be spending 2% of its GDP on the military, something Trump urged them to do during his time in office. France has actually seized a cargo ship bound for Russia, and nearly all of Europe is denying Russia the use of its airspace.
At the same time, Putin has managed to lionize Volodymyr Zelensky, an erstwhile comedian who has rallied his countrymen (and much of the world) in resistance to authoritarian rule. Even as the Russian military made its way to Kyiv, he has resolutely refused to flee.
Putin had predicted that his soldiers would be greeted by Ukranians with flowers. Instead, it's been Molotov cocktails. One resident actually knelt in front of an approaching Russian tank.
As of Sunday afternoon,it appears that Russian forced have yet to occupy a single large city in a country whose defense is considerably weaker. Inexplicably, Putin has placed his country on nuclear alert even though Ukraine possesses no nuclear weapons. He also called Ukranians Nazis, even though Zelensky is Jewish.
I acknowledge I am no expert on international affairs. but it seems to me that OPutin has blundered badly and has diminished himself in the eyes of the world. What is your take?