On War’s Two-Year Anniversary, Putin Is Riding High

Saturday will mark the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale war on Ukraine. And the Russians have just had a notable victory by capturing the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka.

Since Ukrainian positions in the city were so well fortified, Ukrainian forces were able to kill or wound several Russians for every casualty they suffered. Even pro-Russian reporter Andrei Morozov admitted that 16,000 Russian soldiers were killed in the process of taking Avdiivka, and around twice that number were wounded.

But even though the victory came at an extraordinary cost to Russia, it represents the first notable change on the war’s front lines in months. And it gives Vladimir Putin a triumph he and his propagandists can point the Russian people to in the lead-up to next month’s presidential elections. This will give Putin’s “reelection” a veneer of legitimacy and will facilitate his plan to mobilize hundreds of thousands of additional men to fight in Ukraine.

If Putin’s forces can keep advancing past Avdiivka, they’ll eventually threaten the far more strategic location of Pokrovsk, which could massively bolster Russian momentum.

Regardless of the war’s immediate developments, we expect Russia will most likely emerge victorious. This is because of what Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has said about Putin’s role in a coming Asian alliance.