Analysis | Two years of war for Russia has plunged the country ever deeper into darkness (CNN)

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    Analysis | Two years of war for Russia has plunged the country ever deeper into darkness – By Matthew Chance (CNN) / Feb 24, 2024

    Moscow CNN — Two years ago, when Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, I was among the many long-time observers of the Kremlin who got it wrong.

    Few could fathom why Vladimir Putin, Russia’s calculating leader, would embark on such a risky military adventure, especially when the mere threat of a Russian invasion was already yielding results.

    In June the previous year, as Russian forces massed near Ukraine, US President Joe Biden met Putin at a superpower-style summit, describing the US and Russia as “two great powers” elevating the Russian leader after previous US administrations had sought to downplay Russia’s influence.

    In the days before the 2022 invasion, Washington offered a “pragmatic evaluation” of Moscow’s security concerns, signaling openness to compromise.

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