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Putin is waiting to see who blinks first as global crises deepen

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Putin is waiting to see who blinks first as global crises deepen

The Russian president seems to be counting on international solidarity with Ukraine to start showing cracks

Marc Champion

As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine settles into a grinding war of attrition, one question more than any other is likely to decide the outcome: on whose side is time?

Much of what unfolds will be determined by unpredictable battlefield dynamics, especially as Russian forces attempt a dash for territory in eastern Ukraine before heavy artillery from the US and elsewhere arrives to bolster the defences they have to overcome.

On Tuesday, US President Joe Biden wrote in the New York Times that he had decided to approve the provision of 80km range multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine, the most powerful artillery sent to date.  ..

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