Jan Kamis: Let’s not make any exaggerated hopes about the palace coup in Moscow. The vast majority of Russians are convinced that their war in Ukraine is just, as they are subject to Putin’s illusion (and they are adamantly convinced) that they are fighting against fascism there, as in II. world war. I don’t know who would dare touch Putin in such an atmosphere. Before the Russians wake up from this false idea, it will still cost a lot of lives on both sides.
Alena Unzeitig: Putin must offer victory at home, that’s for sure. He would not be forgiven for losing in Russia, that would be the end of him, and he knows it. The palace coup in the Kremlin is not very realistic, the possibility of using weapons of mass destruction is even less realistic, but of course this cannot be ruled out. It is most likely that the territory under the control of the Russian Federation will be occupied and some autonomous republics will be declared. Ukrainians will not be willing to accept this. On the other hand, they will not have the power to push the Russians. If this situation arose and France and Germany began to put pressure on the Ukrainians to accept the occupation of eastern Ukraine and we would blackmail Ukraine into stopping foreign aid – then we would deny all the values on which the community of democracies has so far built and existed. them. It turns out that these are just empty phrases, not principles that the train simply does not go through. If we allow the aggressor to take a bite of the territory of a neighboring sovereign state and force the invaded country to accept it (for his interests with Russia), it will mean the disintegration of all the values of the West. Then we will no longer be able to call ourselves a civilized world. We will not become the same barbarians, certainly not, but it turns out to be full-fledged and hypocrites, we have nice talk about freedom and democracy, but they are just empty words. Then Lenin hit it right: “The capitalists will sell us a noose on which we hang them.”
Tom Broz: Putin has already lost. He made the word “Russian” a vulgar word for the whole world, at least for another 50 years. He has dragged his nation into an even deeper economic crisis, no one will want anything to do with them as long as they are in power. I just hope that ordinary Russians will soon get rid of it and get rid of it. Only then do they have a chance at a better life.
Josef Šátava: It all depends on the army. Putin gave them the power she had lost under Gorbachev and Yeltsin. But on the other hand, it drives them to wars, where they die. During the wars in Ossetia and Chechnya, only soldiers died and the Russians won. The generals are dying here and the Russians are not winning, and that glorio Putin does not benefit the army. Because none of the army leaders know when it will fall on them. And they certainly don’t like it. So it all ends when the army revolts.
Michal Novák: Wanting the status quo for Ukraine and leaving the stolen territories for Russia? This must not be done. It would be another Crimea. Another concession to Russia. Next time, it would attract them again. They would know that they would be able to bite someone a bit again! I believe that with the growing technical capabilities of the Ukrainian army, thanks to the help of the West, the Russians will gradually be pushed out, and I hope for the overthrow of Putin!
Marta Hábová: In the future, Putin wanted to replace Lenin in the mausoleum, so he gave Ukraine his seventies to be famous enough. Instead, he uncertain the world for another 50 years and condemned the Russians to Russian. We and they will have a hard time.
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Jaroslav Cimrman: It is clear from the beginning that Putin wants to make history and that we must not allow him to do so, otherwise others will come. And to make any concessions to Russia in response to an invading war of conquest means to risk China trying it next time. He does not negotiate with terrorists.
Alexej Šikola: The idea that one psychopath is changing the face of the world and “civilized” states will partially approach his game in the name of “not to lower the standard of living”, it scares me quite a bit. If Trump had been president of America, he would have agreed with Putin, and again we might be in Russia’s sphere of influence. If the Ukrainians did not fight, we would think how militarily Russia is, parades would be held and everything would be fine. Again, a few ineffective sanctions, the pipeline would be completed and Germany would continue to work on dependence on Russia. When I read that an immediate cut from Russian gas would cost every worker in our country about 7,000 CZK, it is quite sad. We would rather finance Russia for this war than lower our standard of living a little.