It is becoming rather clear that Vladimir Putin has no real exit strategy in Ukraine, as his troops continue to get pummeled and repelled more often than not.
And, instead of buckling down and waging a smarter war, the Kremlin has decided to take a leap in the other direction. Toward the berserker end of things, committing atrocities unfit for God-fearing men, and continually threatening the rest of the planet with atomic annihilation if they so much as step foot in the arena.
Putin’s latest not-so-subtle threat doesn’t just suggest that there’d be trouble for the west, however, so much as it lays the stage for an all-out armageddon.
President Vladimir Putin will send a “doomsday” warning to the West when he leads celebrations on Monday marking the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, brandishing Russia’s vast firepower while its forces fight on in Ukraine.
Defiant in the face of deep Western isolation since he ordered the invasion of Russia’s neighbour, Putin will speak on Red Square before a parade of troops, tanks, rockets and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Here is where it gets a little nerve-racking.
A fly-past over St Basil’s Cathedral will include supersonic fighters, Tu-160 strategic bombers and, for the first time since 2010, the Il-80 “doomsday” command plane, which would carry Russia’s top brass in the event of a nuclear war, the Defence Ministry said.
In that scenario, the Il-80 is designed to become the roaming command centre for the Russian president. It is packed with technology but specific details are Russian state secrets.
Putin, who is said to be dying of terminal cancer, has essentially told the rest of the world that if he can’t live forever, neither can they.