If Putin's objective is to keep Ukraine out of the West's orbit, his war is not succeeding.
Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy posted photos of himself signing the EU application, a largely symbolic move for now that could take years to become reality and is unlikely to sit well with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has long accused the West of trying to pull Ukraine into its orbit.
Ukraine applying for EU membership is not as provocative as Ukraine asking to join NATO but it's not far off.
I think that Kunstler nails it here: https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/dont-look-now-2/
The current CIA-approved narrative wants you to believe that Vlad Putin seeks to reassemble the old Soviet Union and will move next to capture the Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania. I doubt this since all those countries have their own cultures rather emphatically hostile to Russia and required onerous operating subsidies from Moscow back in the Soviet day. Ukraine will surely be enough of a burden for Russia going forward.
An alternate narrative to the CIA’s scare story would follow the Occam’s Razor rule that the simplest explanation is probably the truth — namely, that there was no other way to stop Ukraine’s shelling and mortar attacks against the ethnic Russian population in the Donbas which, by the way, was carried out with US-gifted armaments. And there was no other way to disabuse the USA from the idea that Ukraine should join NATO and thereby become a missile launching base on Russia’s border.
Peter- Check out The Saker (https://thesaker.is) for up-to-date reports and rational commentary on the Ukraine situation. Been following him for many years...a former Swiss intelligence analyst specializing in Russia.
More theatre; nothing to see here. Anyway, Putin understands the influence of the west. He made it quite clear what he wants: https://texags.com/forums/16/topics/3274578