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Is it the endgame for Putin in Ukraine?

Vladimir Putin may (or may not) enjoy 80 per cent public support in Russia for his Ukraine policy; but it has become increasingly clear that he has bitten off more than he can chew.

The question is: At what point will his position as President become untenable? Leave to one side the moral and geopolitical background of the Ukraine imbroglio. Russians are justified, I believe, in their view that the West took advantage of Russia's post-communist weakness to encroach on their country's historic space. The Monroe Doctrine may be incompatible with contemporary international law; but all powers strong enough to enforce a strategic sphere of interest do so.

There is merit, I also believe, in Putin's contention that a multipolar world is better than a unipolar world for advancing the cause of human flourishing. No single power or coalition is wise or disinterested enough to claim universal sovereignty.

So it should be...

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