As Vladimir Putin looks out from behind the Kremlin’s red walls, Russia’s paramount leader of 22 years has a riddle to solve: How to win a war in Ukraine that the West says he has already lost.

Three weeks into its invasion, Russia is battling fierce resistance from Western-armed Ukrainian forces. It has yet to achieve its stated aims and its heavily sanctioned economy faces the deepest crisis since the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

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