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7 months of war: How the tide turned against Russia in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization last Wednesday, calling up 300,000 reservists to boost Russia's struggling war effort in Ukraine. Ex-diplomats and Russia experts said it showed that Russia is getting beaten and is in desperate need of more troops. Mobilization "seven months into a war means you're losing, not winning" a former US ambassador to NATO told Insider.

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    Putin is cornered

    In his televised speech, Putin reiterated that the goal of Russia's invasion of Ukraine was the liberation of the Donbas region. The president also baselessly accused the West of threatening to use nuclear weapons and responded with an acknowledgment of Russia's own nuclear arsenal.

    Putin effectively told the world his army is 'losing' in Ukraine by calling up hundreds of thousands of reservists

    Putin effectively told the world his army is 'losing' in Ukraine by calling up hundreds of thousands of reservists

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    Business Insider - John Haltiwanger

    Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a partial military mobilization in a televised address on Wednesday. In the process, the Russian leader effectively signaled to the world that Russia is getting beaten and is in desperate need of more troops.

    UKRAINE’S SURPRISE COUNTEROFFENSIVE

    Ukrainian forces have recently retaken thousands of square miles of its territory previously under Russian occupation in counteroffensives along the war's eastern and southern fronts — a move that appears to have sparked a shift in Putin's approach to the seven-month conflict. Such defeats are made worse for Putin due to the US, UK, and other NATO allies aiding Ukraine's cause.

    ZELENskyy reacts to Putin's latest decision

    Russians refuse to fight Putin’s war

    Following Putin’s speech, protests flared up across Russia, with videos from the various scenes showing people chanting "no to war" and other anti-Putin rhetoric. On the frontlines, Russian troops have been hit with exhaustion, supply issues, and other morale setbacks for months.

    Putin doubles down on Ukraine

    Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine's occupied eastern Donbas region announced referendums on joining Russia, a tactic that Ukraine and the West have called a sham. Russia has long quietly fueled separatist movements in the region, which was declared as the "People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk" in 2014.

    THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS

    Since the invasion in February, the conflict has become the worst that's been seen in Europe since World War II, and the ensuing surge in natural gas and power prices have rattled economies and strained global supply chains.

    THE WAR IS 'FAR FROM OVER'

    More than seven months into the conflict, Putin's late-in-the-game decision is unlikely to change the tides of war anytime soon, according to experts.

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