It's alluring to assume that Vladimir Putin always has some diabolical master plan up his sleeve -- and often he does
But there is also ample evidence as the crisis in Ukraine escalates that Kremlin policy is becoming incoherent, erratic, and chaotic.
So what does Putin really want in Ukraine? How cohesive is the Russian elite over the issue? And what happens next?
On the latest Power Vertical Podcast, we discuss these issues. Joining me are Sean Guillory, social media coordinator at the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and author of Sean's Russia Blog; and Alexander Motyl, a professor at Rutgers University-Newary and author of numerous books on post-Soviet affairs.
Also on the podcast, we discuss how the war in Ukraine is coming home for Russians as casualties mount in the Donbas.
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