Hello, in order to find out what effect the mobilization will have on the war in Ukraine, we still have to wait a few weeks or months. It’s further evidence that Russia has no plans to end its invasion – apparently not even by declaring partial victory in eastern Ukraine. It will be all the more important that the West does not stop supporting Kyiv even in the winter. At the same time, however, it is increasingly being confirmed that Russian weaknesses, which have been shown in the fighting in Ukraine, will have consequences beyond the borders of Russia and Ukraine. Europe and Asia: Putin does not have problems only in Ukraine Putin’s attack on Ukraine did not bring Russia only isolation, sanctions and the destruction of the idea of Russia as a military power. The invasion also indirectly took revenge on Putin with border chaos and problems in the region, which Russia considers its main sphere of influence. Russia’s neighbor, which has been trying to increase its influence in Central Asia for a long time, benefits from this. What it’s about: Russia’s weakness has already been exploited by Azerbaijan, which attacked Armenia, followed a few days later by renewed fighting on the border between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. This is happening in the Russian sphere of influence, but Moscow does not have the time or resources to fully resolve these conflicts. And the statements of Russia, which tells the states in the region to resolve their conflicts peacefully and conclude a ceasefire, seem paradoxical when it is waging a war in Ukraine. In addition, the invasion exhausts it so much that the Russian army had to move its troops from bases in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. All of this has contributed to the chaos that some analysts liken to that which followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. The biggest rebel: In short, Russia is losing its influence in Central Asia, and it can be seen most where we would not have expected it more than six months ago. Putin’s irrational invasion led to his turning away from Russia This article is exclusive content for Denník N subscribers. Are you a subscriber?Log in
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