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Pro-Ukraine demonstrators carry signs and Ukrainian flags near Russia’s U.N. Mission in New York. Pro-Ukraine demonstrators carry signs and Ukrainian flags near Russia’s U.N. Mission in New York, Feb. 24, 2022 (AP photo by Seth Wenig).

Putin Has Turned Himself Into the ‘World’s Most Toxic Man’

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The early results are in and could hardly be clearer: The much-dreaded Russian version of a shock-and-awe campaign to subdue Ukraine has failed.

No one knows exactly what will happen next, but the Ukrainian people have just offered a robust rebuttal to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s claim that they are not members of a real nation. As the entire world has now seen from the first days of the conflict, their patriotism and valor in standing up to a far larger and better-armed Russian adversary caused the invaders to bog down and lose momentum. Most observers, not least Putin himself, thought that Kyiv would fall quickly, and yet a week into this conflict, Russia has still failed to capture even a single major city. ...

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