Nonetheless hopeful it will not. Although that will not save the Ukrainians (and Russian individuals) from ache.
Putin loses his cool and tries to alter the failing home narrative of ‘particular operations, not struggle’ by saying he was pushed right into a struggle correct by NATO. Might do this by scary a conflict near the border with NATO plane or hanging at deliveries of arms near the Polish-Ukrainian border, the place a lot of the stuff is being handed over.
Even then he’d most likely be considering managing the escalation (not strike with nuclear weapons as he’s blustering), not going above small clashes however utilizing it as an excuse for the a lot greater invasion that’s robust to promote at residence. Nonetheless, such brinkmanship is troublesome to handle effectively.