The escalating conflict in Ukraine is being fuelled by a narrative of Russian propaganda, depicting the Ukrainian government as fascist and anti-Russian. This narrative has led to a surge in Russian nationalism and increased support for Putin’s policies. Western leaders are considering arming Ukraine to counter Russian aggression, a move that could escalate the conflict further. Putin’s strategy appears to be to create a frozen conflict in Ukraine, similar to those in Georgia and Moldova, to keep Ukraine within Russia’s sphere of influence. This would prevent Ukraine from joining NATO or the EU. Putin’s strategy is risky, as it could lead to a protracted conflict, economic isolation, and a potential backlash from Russian society. Western leaders must consider their response carefully, as arming Ukraine could lead to a direct confrontation with Russia. It is suggested that a more effective response may be to counter Russian propaganda, support Ukraine’s economic recovery, and maintain sanctions against Russia.

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