Putin Made a Big Miscalculation by Attacking Ukraine

The invasion of Ukraine by Russian President Vladimir Putin was a mistake, according to analysts who spoke with Fox News Digital.

Opposition to the war is growing in Russia.

Yoshiko Herrera, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an expert on U.S.-Russian relations, believes this is a grave blunder. The actions taken yesterday were on an entirely new level of craziness.

According to OVD Info, a Russian human rights group, more than 1,700 demonstrators in Russia have been jailed in response to Russia’s unjustified attack on Ukraine.

The demonstrations are particularly significant in a country that, according to Herrera, is known for its repression of dissent.

He went on to tell reporters the folks marching in the streets are well aware they would almost certainly wind up in prison.

Putin’s favorability stood at 69 percent in January. However, the figure is falling since he restricted the availability of alternative political options, according to the author.

History has shown Russia and Ukraine do not have a degree of antagonism that would justify this violent intervention into their territory.

Ukraine has elected pro-Russian leaders; the two countries regard themselves as more like brothers than adversaries, according to Herrera’s assessment.

Over 57 People Killed

Close to 57 people have been murdered. 169 others have been injured since the attack began on Wednesday night.

In addition to punishments, there have been major social impacts from the invasion, with Aeroflot Airlines being barred from flying to the United Kingdom.

The Union of European Football Associations also decided to move the Champions League final from Saint Petersburg to another city.

Putin’s actions, according to Herrera, are even more perplexing when you realize, following his entry into the Donbas territory (where rebels and Ukrainians were battling for eight years), he effectively scored a triumph.

Earlier this week, President Vladimir Putin acknowledged the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics. He then ordered troops to the regions, which he colloquially referred to as “peacekeepers.”

Herrera, referring to the United States-led NATO (an intergovernmental military alliance established to ensure the security of its members), said he already accomplished several of his objectives.

This includes convincing everyone to put a hold on allowing Ukraine to join the organization.

General Jack Keane of the United States Army, who serves as chairman of the Institute for the Study of War, believes Putin’s evident goal is to seize control of Kyiv.

Putin Claims He Doesn’t Want to Occupy Ukraine

Putin stated he does not intend to occupy Ukraine, but rather to demilitarize the country.

According to Valery Dzutsati, who specializes in Russian history and politics, the autocratic leader is uneasy bordering a democratic, Slavic nation that looks to the West, rather than Moscow.

He believes if Ukraine is a thriving democracy, it serves as a very poor example for Russia. In addition, Putin is concerned about the prospect of social revolution. Ukraine has a history of toppling unpopular rulers, he said.