Putin’s Victory Day speech reveals man ‘out of ideas’ for winning war in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s much-anticipated Victory Day speech left Western observers with the impression of a man without a plan, as the Kremlin chief did not announce any major new initiative to try to overwhelm a Ukrainian defense that has confounded his expectations for the war.

“Lately, he has sounded as if he’s out of ideas,” a senior European official said. “He is repeating the same boilerplate fantasies, boilerplate lies. … The fact that he did not declare a mobilization or some other things that people had guessed he might still tells me that he knows the weaknesses — that declaring mobilization would probably create problems for him
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