Apologists of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin are trying to help him out from all sides.
Some want world leaders to be more understanding and recognize that Russia can run roughshod over the former Soviet Union because Putin is so needed in the world’s fight against terrorism and nuclear proliferation. With kindness, the tyrant may loosen his grip on his neighbors and stop menacing the world.
Nonsense. Putin is out to wreck the Western world, democracy and Ukraine while bringing other former Soviet republics to heel. The West has been too soft for too long on him.