Drones have exploded over the Kremlin. Russian army plane are crashing earlier than they even attain Ukrainian airspace. A Russian mercenary boss is releasing one profanity-laced tirade after one other, claiming that corrupt Russian generals who “all reek of pricy fragrance” are sending troopers to their deaths.

And Ukraine’s long-anticipated counteroffensive hasn’t even began in earnest.

These would appear to be unhealthy weeks for President Vladimir V. Putin, a time when the issues that…

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