Yale University has just released a study that claims that sanctions are having a profoundly negative effect on the Russian economy and that they should therefore be continued and strengthened. This begs the question of the survival of the Putin Administration if the average Russian finds themselves worse off despite what military action may deliver.
The study may be downloaded here:
Comment: The usual suspects have their hair on fire over the veracity of this report. My own opinion is that it may well be accurate today but in the longer term there is probably little from the West that cannot be replaced.
What support will Putin have for his SMO if the Russian economy implodes? Does the economy trump military successes?