I agree and I think Putin makes a big mistake. Unless he believes in God who will reward him and Russia for this, he will not get any rewards from the West or Ukraine. They will hate him and Russia even more.
This is where we disagree... revenge and exploitation and Russia is just the west with a different alphabet. Other countries will see the way Russia and China behave and how the west misbehaves and realise their future with the west is painted as bright and shiny but after centuries of promises the third world is still the third world being exploited by the first world.
Russia needs to do what is right and not attack the west or get revenge... eventually the west will weaken and not be able to dominate and a lot more countries will step up and grow and develop and they will know Russia is not going to screw them or try to control them or limit their development and growth and that dealing with Russia and China is a much better way to go for any country... ironically including western countries who are sick of towing a line that gets the 1% super wealthy and the rest left to fend for itself.
Eventually the west is going to realise how bad it is... whether it can change or not... well that is not Russias problem... it is the problem for the people of the west because they are the ones that ultimately suffer.
I would like Russia to brutally use any leverage it has on Ukraine and the West to maximize benefits for Russia and hurt the West and Ukraine. But unfortunately Russia will not act like this as long as Putin is in charge.
Kicking a man when he is down and he will lash out with nothing to lose... the difference is that while you could kill a man when he is down, a country is different... Ukraine is Americas bitch... just like Russia was in the 1990s... Ukraine is only a tiny fraction of Russia so it does not have the same potential to recover, but there is a path they could follow where they embrace their neighbours... Belarus and Russia who don't want them exterminated despite their attempts to exterminate Russia from their culture and history... there is a path back but I doubt any real ukrainian is interested despite it is their only chance of a decent future... Russia is not going to save them when they don't want to be saved... and for Russia not having to carry Ukraine has allowed them to turn their resources to their own ports and their own industries, so helping Ukraine is not going to be a number one priority ever again, but they are more likely to get forgiveness and brotherhood and support and a market that is interested in their products in Russia than in the EU or US.
Trying to punish them for being fooled by 30 years of western propaganda is not a nice thing to do even to a bad neighbour... because this neighbour is not moving.
And I am an Athiest so it is nothing to do with religion... these people are not going anywhere... so Russia has to learn to live with them.
Karl is misleading people with statements which are simply FALSE, because at no time Putin has said what has been reported about increasing transit or rescuing Ukraine.
Putin didn't say rescue but did talk about not making Ukrainian people suffer...
He does not give a damn about punishing the ukronazis, he cares about Russia. He is being smart where you are being hateful, I guess it is easy to realize what the superior strategy is
The western world has successfully convinced itself and the majority of people in the Ukraine that the problems the Ukraine faces are Putins and Russias fault... making them suffer will just be used to reinforce that which in no way helps Russia, and makes bs like sanctions more likely.