British filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock once said of ambiguity, dilemma or doubt, “to get the audience in as much trouble as possible.”
It seems that Vladimir Putin watches Hitchcock’s films a lot. For months, he kept urging the world to speculate on whether Russia would invade Ukraine. Is there a plan to destroy the security that was restored in Europe after the Cold War?
When he recognized the separatist zone as an independent zone after eastern Ukraine this week, many were surprised. But what does Putin do now? Today is the second day of Russian aggression in Ukraine on Putin’s orders.
“Doubt is Putin’s favorite tool,” says Lilia Svetsova, author of the book Putin’s Juice.
“Putin continues to create tension by setting fires or extinguishing them,” she said. If he sticks to his mental logic, he will not attack completely. But he has a lot of different things to do. Like cyber attacks and the South American dragon will continue to oppress Ukraine financially.”The Russian army can take control of the whole of Donetsk and Luhansk, and they are playing with mice like cats,” she said.
It is very difficult to know what is going on behind the walls of Russia’s power. On top of that, reading or understanding Putin’s mind is just as challenging.
Putin’s forthcoming plan
But Putin’s statement and his speech suggest something about his thinking. Putin was outraged by the way the Cold War ended.
The end of the Cold War is the story of the break-up of the Soviet Union and its end. NATO has expanded to the east, and Putin’s toughness has grown. Putin is seen as a man on a mission with full force. Putin’s mission is to bring Ukraine to Russia at any cost.
Vladimir Pastukhov, a senior research associate at University College London, said: “He looks more like an ayatollah than an official from Russia’s Federal Security Service. He is regarded as a religious figure for his special place in history.
He works step by step. First recognized the separatist sector. Now they are sending troops there. He will also announce a referendum on Russia’s inclusion in both areas. After that, there will be a local military operation and Putin will expand the border before 2014.
Vladimir Pastukhov says, “If Putin has the freedom to play his game, he will take it as far as possible. He cooks meat over low heat. ‘ Western leaders believe the new ban will be a game-changer. But Putin is looking very tough.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said: “We consider these sanctions illegal. We have been watching this for a long time and the West has repeatedly used this tool to stop our progress. We knew that sanctions would be imposed, no matter what. Whatever we do is bound to be banned. Their ban is mandatory.
But does Russia not care about its international reputation in the West, which is steadily declining? Looking at your country as an aggressor? In response to this question, Maria says, ‘You are searching for our reputation. What do you think of the West’s reputation? Which is stained with blood. ‘
Maria Zakharova is also believed to be on the EU’s sanctions list. Hitchcock’s thriller entertains people, but Putin’s Ukraine thriller is making Russian citizens nervous.
What are the citizens of Russia thinking?
“Most people don’t want to know what’s going on,” says Denis Volkov of the Lewada Public Opinion Agency. For humans, it’s kind of scary. Don’t want to hear about it. People are afraid of war. Half of the people we surveyed fear war. ‘
Some Russians have publicly opposed the government’s line. Some top Russian intellectuals have signed a protest and advised children to avoid war with immoral, irresponsible people in Ukraine.
“People in Russia are not able to stop their government or parliament,” said Professor Andrei Zhubov, who registered to protest. Zubov said, “But I signed it to express my views. I have kept myself away from the ruling class of Russia. This class is breaking international law. ‘
But there are also Putin supporters in Russia. “It’s not just Ukraine that will return to Russia,” said Alexei, a former Soviet commander. There are also Poland, Bulgaria, and Hungary. All these countries were ours. ‘ Alexei also remembers the economic turmoil of the 1990s. But he feels that Russia is on its knees.
“It’s a biological process,” says Alexi. When a child becomes ill, he or she develops additional abilities to cope with the illness. Russia suffered from the disease in the 1990s. The disease made us stronger. ‘