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Putin, Peter the Great and prospects of a prolonged Ukraine war

Proposals to silence the guns in Ukraine run up against considerable obstacles, not least the Russian leader's recent comparison of the founding of St Petersburg with his Ukraine land grab.

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Almost four months have passed since Russia invaded Ukraine. If recent predictions from Ukraine's intelligence services are to be believed, the Russian military is under orders to maintain the offensive for another four months.

Not that this is not preventing some European leaders from trying to stop the fighting. French President Emmanuel Macron is embarking today on a fact-finding tour of Ukraine's immediate southern neighbours.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 14, 2022, with the headline Putin, Peter the Great and prospects of a prolonged Ukraine war. Subscribe