Global Affairs

Ukraine war enters its most dangerous phase

The risks of a cornered Putin breaking the nuclear taboo have come to the fore amid serious military setbacks for Russian forces.

A Ukrainian soldier preparing a drone in the Donetsk region on Sept 25, 2022. PHOTO: AFP
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Seven months after Russian troops invaded Ukraine, the war that has already transformed Europe is approaching its most dangerous and least predictable phase.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's decision to mobilise his country's reservists indicates not only Moscow's intention of doubling down on this disastrous military adventure but also his determination to risk a much bigger and direct confrontation with the West to avoid a Russian humiliation in Ukraine.

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