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“General Armageddon” & Putin’s Bridge to Nowhere

Vladimir Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Pavel Bednyakov/AFP via Getty Images
Julia Ioffe
October 11, 2022

On Tuesday, Ukraine woke up to a second straight day of Russian aerial bombardment targeting critical civilian infrastructure all over the country. Russian missiles slammed into playgrounds and universities, as well as electric power and water plants. Kremlin propagandists told the Russian population that the strikes were aimed at military targets, but on the ground, there wasn’t even a pretense—and the ululating Telegram channels of the nationalist hardliners reflected that.