The invasion of Ukraine has done irreparable and unequivocal damage to the Kremlin’s once-mighty facade, and each week brings us a new, more embarrassing realization.
From the use of tanks that are seven decades old to the revelation that Russia had to trick its own troops into even participating in the invasion, there is a vast amount of evidence to suggest that our collective global dear of the Kremlin was completely misplaced.
Now, in what could be the creme-de-la-creme of humiliating disclosures, it turns out that Vladimir Putin himself is directing his latest “shows of strength” from the safety of his bunker.
While Putin has largely been hiding out in his bunker in recent weeks after canceling his traditional public appearances, on Thursday he announced Russia will build four new nuclear submarines to “ensure the country’s security in the years ahead.”
He also authorized the launch of the Russian Navy’s new Emperor Alexander III nuclear submarine, and attended the flag-raising ceremony for the new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine Generalissimo Suvorov—from behind his desk via video link.
Russia’s attempted show of strength—while Putin cowers—came as dozens of missiles rained down on cities throughout Ukraine, sending civilians scrambling for bomb shelters and emergency workers rushing to put out fires. There were no immediate reports of fatalities, but at least three people were injured in the Kyiv region, including a 14-year-old girl, the mayor’s office said.
Putin could be hiding from any number of issues, from his apparent cancer diagnosis, or the very real possibility of a Kremlin coup in the works.
No matter what the reason, the Russian tyrant’s paranoia and fear has once again knocked Moscow down a rung on the global ladder…and they don’t have too many lower spots left to lose.