Putin’s ego will now drive him to forcefully retaliate



St. Louis Post Dispatch



Regarding “Ukrainian flag raised in retaken city after Russian retreat” (Sept. 14): The Ukrainians deserve congratulations, however Russia is still in control of much more than has been recently liberated. Russian President Vladimir Putin might settle for a stalemate, but that’s not likely. He certainly won’t allow a complete defeat if he can avoid it. Although the Russian people would likely want to get rid of him if that happened, it usually takes a bloody revolution to depose a dictator. I believe Putin’s ego, like that of all dictators and authoritarians, will make him respond as forcefully as he is able and could reverse Ukraine’s gains unless we continue and increase our support, no matter how much it takes. Robert Kloster • Vandalia, Ill.