Vladimir Putin

The war in Ukraine has ground to a stalemate

Understanding Putin is the key to countering his wicked agenda

We must be as resolute as the Ukrainians

Ukraine shows that speed can be everything — but swiftness is born of careful planning

Everyone reveres WWII myths — but the cult of the Great Patriotic War defines modern Russia

The president’s inflammatory rhetoric is informed by two centuries of Russian nationalist thought centring on a distrust of Europe and a mission to recover all the lands of “Ancient Rus”

Berlin’s Russian blunders

His legacy impresses and frustrates

Neither territorial concessions nor unrealistic dreams of toppling Putin can secure lasting peace