Mr Browder told Express.co.uk why Vladimir Putin decided to invade neighboring Ukraine. The US-British financier discussed Putin’s popularity rating with the Russian people. Mr Browder claimed Putin only launched the bloody assault on Ukraine to garner high approval ratings. The war in Ukraine has been raging for more than three months, with no sign of abating as peace talks have been suspended.
Mr Browder told the Express: “I think the only reason he invaded Ukraine is to start a war.
“And he started a war to secure his power in Russia, I believe it has nothing to do with Ukraine.
“If you look at the previous two wars he started, one in Georgia and one in Crimea, his approval rating skyrocketed like it did with this one.
“I don’t believe there is an endgame, and I think the endgame is at war, in order to have high approval ratings. So that the Russian people don’t kick him out at some point given.”
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Various political and military experts have speculated on why Putin decided to attack neighboring Ukraine.
RT official Margarita Simonyan claimed that the reason Russia refuses to bomb Ukraine with nuclear force is that Ukraine is part of Russia and they would be the ones to clean it up.
Ms Simoyan told Russia 1: “If we wanted to, couldn’t we have dealt with Ukraine in hours and not days?
“But we are carrying out a special military operation that’s why it’s not war, we feel sorry for them all there.
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Associate Researcher at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), Natia Sesuria discussed with the Express exclusively, if there is a possibility that Russia is trying to reunify Georgia with Russia as it is doing with Ukraine.
Ms Seskuria said: “I hope not, but in a sense our fate is being decided now in Ukraine.
“We don’t know how this war will end, and we don’t know what kind of concessions there will be on either side.
“If Ukraine declares neutrality, I think there is a real threat that we will be asked to do the same.
“I don’t think Russia is necessarily going to re-invade Georgia anytime soon, but that doesn’t give us the space to sleep well at night.