Putin has come to understand that “there can be no military solution here,” Mikhail Khodorkovsky told. Adding, “Putin has two options now: Either he escalates things, which could mean either introducing mobilization or using tactical nuclear weapons.
Over a month after Moscow launched its invasion of Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come to understand that “there can be no military solution here,” exiled Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky told DW. Khodorkovsky is a man with deep insights into Russian politics and his analyzes have surprisingly often proved to be correct.
Khodorkovsky, a prominent and leading critic of the Russian president, previously spent a decade in prison in Russia on charges widely regarded as petty revenge for challenging Putin’s totalitarian rule. “Putin is a thug,” Khodorkovsky said
Russian troops began their invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Putin announced that the operation aimed at “demilitarizing” and “de-nazifying” the former Soviet state and protecting Russian speakers in the country. Since then, it has turned out that Russian troops have shot civilians whether they speak Russian or not.
But with Putins Russia failing to quickly occupy the country due to strong Ukrainian resistance and its troops getting bogged down, Moscow recently announced a change in its war aims, saying that it will focus on the “liberation” of the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine.
“Putin is stuck when it comes to the military operation”
“Putin is stuck when it comes to the military operation,” Khodorkovsky said, adding, “Putin has two options now: Either he escalates things, which could mean either introducing mobilization or using tactical nuclear weapons. Or he can stabilize the situation and begin peace talks in earnest.”
In the interview with DW, Khodorkovsky also stressed the importance of a unified Western position. “The West’s position needs to be clear, meaning comprehensive support for Ukraine if the war continues and in case Putin uses tactical nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction,” he underlined. “That sort of clear position from the West will, let’s say, help Putin make the right decision.”