Vincent Boland: China won’t want to be on Putin’s losing team

The Russian president is starting to see his own oppressed citizens flee the country or oppose him, and his strongest potential ally begin to distance itself

Not even Vladimir Putin knows how the catastrophe he has unleashed will end. Picture: AFP via Getty

Vladimir Putin’s war on the people of Ukraine is an unalterable fact. Russia’s invasion of its sovereign, independent and democratic neighbour, the toll in civilian casualties and the destruction of its cities, towns and farmland, cannot be denied or erased.

It is important to say this because Putin and his enablers have unleashed a tidal wave of lies, slanders and distortions to justify his attack on Ukraine or to suggest that it something other than ...