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Francis Dearnley analyzed what the timing of the coup attempt means for Vladimir Putin, Ukraine and the West.

The timing is terrible for Putin. Perhaps for the first time in many, many months, perhaps even the entire duration of the war, Putin had gained some control over the narrative after the slower-than-expected counter-offensive, no longer. This will serve as a huge morale boost for the Ukrainians and their Western allies.

Finally, Roland Oliphant looked to Putin’s near future

Lenin said the power is in the streets of St Petersburg waiting for someone to pick it up by which he meant there are all these people sitting around what you need is a bunch of very determined guys with guns ready to go do things, kill people, get the job done and the power can be yours.

I rather think Yevgeny Prigozhin thinks so too. I think he saw a moment when there was current floating around. You know, the army has been sent to Ukraine. Who is actually going to stop a very determined bunch of men with guns willing to do this.

Which brings us to another stark truth. I think we’ve all known for a long time that Vladimir Putin will not leave the Kremlin until he dies. He is a president-dictator for life. That’s the reality. Everyone wants to think it can be done another way, but probably the transfer of power will be quite bloody and I’m afraid that’s what we’re going to see.

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Ukraine: the latestregular contributors are:

David Knowles

David is head of social media at the Telegraph where he worked for almost two years. He previously worked for the World Economic Forum in Geneva. He speaks French.

Dominic Nichols

Dom is Associate Editor (Defense) at the Telegraph he entered service in 2018. Previously, he served 23 years in the British Army, in tank and helicopter units. He had operational deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan and Northern Ireland.

Francis Dearley

Francis is assistant commentary editor at the Telegraph. Prior to working as a journalist, he was Chief of Staff to the Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Policy Council in the Houses of Parliament in London. He studied history at Cambridge University and in the podcast he examines how the past sheds light on the latest diplomatic, political and strategic developments.

They are also regularly joined by the Telegraph‘s foreign correspondents around the world, including Joe Barnes (Brussels), Sophia Jan (China), Natalia Vasiliev (Russia), Roland Elephant (Senior reporter) and Colin Freeman (News reporter). In London, Venice Rainey (weekend foreign editor), Katie O’Neill (Assistant foreign editor), and Really Bowman (News Reporter) also seem to offer regular updates.

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