First, how do we establish the likely course of action of a leader? Well, unless we manage to establish some kind of telepathic connection I would suggest that we should avoid any kind of guesses about intentions or motives. I would suggest that the best way to try to predict one a leader will do is to do two things: a) we can try to form an image of his personality and character and b) we can look at what he did in the past and project that as a likely thing he will do in the future. With these criteria I personally see absolutely no reason to suspect the man of being anything but a sincere patriot, a man of exceptional courage and willpower and a man who spent all this time in the Kremlin trying to free Russian from AngloZionist colonization while opposing the US hegemony elsewhere. I note that all those accusing Putin of betrayal or cowardice do not offer a single argument to make their case which is solely based on suspicions that Putin is, in fact, not what people think he is. Clearly, 80%+ of Russians disagree, and I wonder what it is they know which other's don't. But nevermind Putin right now, what I really want to discuss is the Novorussian resistance.
Guys, please do not let the fall of Slaviansk and the cities around it lead you to believe that this is the first in a long string of defeats which will end with a full invasion of Novorussia by the Ukies. I think that by now we know enough about exactly why Strelkov decided to withdraw. Basically, he knew that Slaviansk was untenable, he wanted to preserve his forces and equipment, and he wanted to get some order and unity of command in Donetsk and, to a lesser degree, Lugansk, where all sorts of behind the scenes negotiations involving Akhmetov were taking place. I don't want to go in this right now, but I want to make a simply point. Taking Slaviansk is nothing compared to the complexities involved in an operation to take Donetsk or Lugansk. Please remember that the Ukies had a HUGE advantage in all of the following categories:
- Armor (MBT, APC, IFV)
- Attack aircraft
- Attack helicopters
- Intelligence and Reconnaissance
- Numbers - Strelkov will hire or mobilize many more soliders
- Armor (MBT, APC, IFV) - are vulnerable and of limited use in cities
- Artillery - is hard to direct and causes huge damage which looks very bad
- Attack aircraft - have a hard time finding their targets
- Attack helicopters - can be shot down from all sides
- Supplies - cities are usually well supplied with critical supplies
- Ammunition - is easier to move around due to sorter distances
- Mobility - is done mostly on foot and is restricted
- Intelligence and Reconnaissance - is very hard to do, it is easy to hide in a city
So even if (that is a hypothetical, ok, I am not saying it will happen) Putin decides to betray Novorussia like Milosevic betrayed the Bosnian Serbs, that does not at all mean that the Ukies will be able to take control of Novorussia. And remember that time is very much on the Novorussia side now, because the economy of Banderastan is in free fall and sooner rather than later a social explosion will happen in Kiev and the rest of Banderastan. Finally, even if (that is a hypothetical, ok, I am not saying it will happen) the Ukie forces somehow manage, against all expectation, to invade all of Novorussia, what will they have gained? A large territory which will not provide them with anything of value (see here for the reason why the Donbass cut off from Russia is useless) except a large and desperate population, filled with hatred for the invader, which will maintain a constant and most painful and costly partisan war against the Nazi occupier supported by a never ending flow of Russian volunteers sneaking across the border to help the resistance.
In conclusion, and no matter how bad things look now, do not let yourself be deceived by those who believe that this war will end soon. No, unless the Ukies come to their senses and get the hell out of Novorussia (something which Uncle Sam will never permit them to do, of course), this will be a LONG war and A LOT will change before it ends. And it will end with the defeat of the Nazi regime in Kiev. I have no doubt about that at all. But yes, it will take time because, as I wrote earlier today, this Nazi regime has the full support of the US and EU who "will fight Russia to the last Ukrainian solider".
So this is not an appeal for optimism. Just for realism.