03.07.22. Battleground: Ukraine


With Russian forces meeting stronger resistance from Ukraine than expected, we look at recent anti-war protests in Russia, and possible motives driving Putin’s decision to invade the country. 

This week, the United States and other countries make the difficult move toward banning oil imported from Russia, a decision which leaves open both the necessity for reliance on the Middle East, but also the prospect of returning to oil production at home. Elsewhere, with the war in Ukraine leaving the Russian military several thousand fewer in numbers, some officials are now weighing the possibility that Russia’s invasion may not have its intended result… but more importantly, what are the possible factors driving Putin’s choice in proceeding with the now very costly move? We explore all these questions, and much more, this week on Middle Theory.

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