Russian President Vladimir Putin is reaching the brink, and any little provocation that the west can incur on him now could push him over into abject madness.
Putin’s war in Ukraine is unwinnable and he knows it. He’s hoping for a Hail Mary at this point, as his military leaders continue to mysteriously drop dead in a sort of extreme psychological experiment aimed at forcing the rest of his armed forces to perform a miracle.
With each passing day, Putin is also triggered by the west’s continued and escalating support for Ukraine, forcing the Moscow Madman to make ever more worrisome global threats each time a new weapon system arrives at the front line.
In that regard, the coming days will be a real doozy for Putin.
In a potentially escalatory move, French President Emmanuel Macron became the first Western leader to supply Ukraine with tanks following talks with President Volodymyr Zelensky.
On Wednesday, the Elysée announced that French-made AMX-10 RC light tanks — which were designed in the 1980s and are currently being phased out of the French military — will be sent to Ukraine. The move is a significant change of position from the Macron government, which hitherto has shied away from sending armour to the war zone for fear of escalating tensions with Moscow.
France has already been supplying Kyiv (Kiev) with air defence systems, anti-aircraft missiles, artillery, and armoured vehicles, but President Macron has been one of the few voices in Europe to consistently call for continued peace negotiations with Vladimir Putin to bring the conflict to an end.
And, if that weren’t enough:
Just days later, U.S. President Biden said he too would be sending armoured fighting vehicles to Ukraine, selecting Bradley M2s to be donated. Germany is also getting involved, announcing at the same time it would be sending Marder IFVs to Ukraine, a potentially risky move given the German Army has just brought back its now-vintage Marder armour to front-line service, given the new replacements have so many problems they have proven totally unusable in actual service.
Putin has repeatedly suggested that this sort of western support is unacceptable, but when his troops are being investigated for tens of thousands of war crimes already, his conjecture really doesn’t mean too much.