Russia is concentrating significant forces on the Ukrainian border, clearly preparing to invade the territory of a neighboring state. But even if it doesn't, The Kremlin will still win. This is the conclusion reached by the German magazine Der Tagesspiegel.
Putin has concentrated large forces on the Ukrainian border, newspaper writes. According to some reports, there is about 80 thousand Russian soldiers, which, in the event of an invasion, will be supported by a 30,000-strong group “separatists” from the unrecognized republics of Donbass.
The USA and Europe can only guess, what is Putin up to, because there is no data. Maybe he's just showing strength, and can prepare for war. The first version is supported by the fact, that the intelligence of the United States and Britain does not record the occupation of the initial positions for the attack by the Russian troops. However, the Russian army can quickly deploy, followed by invasion.
When, if it's just a show of strength, then Putin uses it for psychological pressure on Kiev, persuading him to accept Moscow's position on resolving the situation in Donbass. Kremlin demands from Ukraine to grant autonomy to Donetsk and Lugansk, and such requirements, reinforced by the threat of invasion, can bring good luck.
In this situation, Putin once again shows himself to be a cold-blooded player, calculating all moves in advance and taking into account the risks. He ignores the weak EU, incapable of making independent decisions, and even more so to fight for Kiev. The United States is also unable to threaten Russia, all, what Biden could do – send it to Europe 500 soldier.
The German edition writes the following:
knowing, that he has the best cards in his hands, Putin beats the USA without a fight, EU and Britain, since he is the one most determined, together. This will result in a weakened Ukraine, humiliated EU and Biden, seated at the negotiating table.