War in Ukraine
Neil Melvin, Director of International Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), told Newsweek that he believes for Putin, his so-called "special military operation" as it has played out so far "goes beyond disappointment." "I think you'd be enormously disappointed in terms of what the goals that were set out at the beginning, and the expectations of how soon that could be achieved," said Melvin. "One hundred days later, the fighting is bitter, and Russia is making very slow and incremental progress at enormous cost. This isn't really short of a disaster in many ways for Putin."