Newsweek. Schar Professor Mark Katz seeks to explain Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent call for an end to the war in Ukraine.

Mark N. Katz wearing a collared shirt stands smiling in front of a wall.

Mark Katz offers two theories to explain why Russian President Vladimir Putin suddenly called for an end to what, in a departure from past practice, he referred to as the “war” in Ukraine. Katz suggests that Putin might recognize the costs of the war and genuinely want to end it; he may also want to incentivize Western governments to stop supporting Ukraine at current levels.

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