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Six months of Putin's war in Ukraine unravels Russia's superpower image

Six months into President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the war has upended fundamental assumptions about Russia's military and economy

Ukraine has suffered extensive damage to infrastructure, towns and cities and heavy military casualties since Russia's ongoing invasion in the nation. (Photo: Bloomberg)
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Ukraine has suffered extensive damage to infrastructure, towns and cities and heavy military casualties since Russia's ongoing invasion in the nation. (Photo: Bloomberg)

Marc Champion | Bloomberg
Six months into President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the war has upended fundamental assumptions about Russia’s military and economy.

When the US warned of impending war earlier this year, officials and analysts in Washington and Europe alike assumed Russia’s much larger and better equipped military would quickly dominate Ukraine’s forces. They also believed Putin would find himself constrained by a weak domestic economy. 

US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley even warned Congress that Kyiv could fall within 72 hours of an invasion being launched. President Joe Biden said he would turn the ruble to

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First Published: Aug 24 2022 | 11:27 AM IST

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