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The Roundtable: Putin's Reality Bubble and the Future of the Russia-Ukraine War

The Russian leader is ever more disconnected from his people and facts on the ground.

Two months after the initial invasion of Ukraine, Russian troops continue to move through the country. The world remains fixated on the developing situation as Putin refuses to back down and Ukrainian president Vlodymyr Zelensky appeals for the international community’s support. A panel of experts joined Roundtable to analyze the war, Vladimir Putin and Ukraine’s military strategies, and the role of information in the conflict. In this segment, the panel discusses Putin's disconnect from reality and their prognosis for the war.

Beth Knobel notes that Putin's decision-making is more inscrutable than ever.

"He's been in power over 20 years and he's lost the feeling of what it's like to be a normal person," she said. "He's lived in this bubble where he's surrounded by people telling him all day long how great and wonderful he is."

She continued, "I don't think he's crazy, but he lives in a different reality than other people. Even people who would have seen Putin two or three years ago might have trouble understanding where Putin is right now, because he's in a different place than he's ever been before."

Kris Osborn explains that the United States is continuing to weigh how much it can aid Ukraine without escalating the conflict. Anti-aircraft weaponry is key, he says.

"The question becomes, are there things like counter-rockets, artillery, mortar, are there other kinds of air defenses?" he explains. "Are there other ways apart from taking out the launch sites to take out those incoming rockets and missiles?"

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Kris Osborn, Editor-in-Chief, Warrior Maven 

Beth Knobel, Journalist and Communication Professor, Fordham University

John Ruehl, Journalist