| 7.1°C Dublin

Close

Premium

Don't feel reassured - Putin has new mission for General Winter

Close

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin

For a few months each year, Russian leaders have always been able to call upon a formidable military commander who saw off Napoleon and Hitler. General Winter, the most dangerous and annually reliable soldier in Russia's army, specialises in using snow drifts, ice-clad roads and bone-chilling temperatures to freeze invading armies in their tracks. Not once has he let Russia down.

Very soon, President Vladimir Putin will be hoping to give General Winter a new task. Instead of halting an invasion, his mission will be to join Russia's struggle against Ukraine and the West. This, after all, is one crisis that never went away. While the West's attention has been focused on the emergence of a supposed 'Islamic State' in the Middle East, Mr Putin has sponsored the birth of a new country on the continent of Europe.


Most Watched





Privacy