Even the most active pro-Kremlin commentators recognize the Russian President’s defeat in the conflict in the South Eastern Ukraine, reported Russian political analyst Andrei Piontkovsky as cited by the Obozrevatel:
"I would like to draw your attention to a recent article "What do we want in Syria" by Lukyanov, a political analyst very close to the Kremlin. I watch him carefully since it is a signal about the mood prevailing at the top. In the article the author, the main Kremlin propagandist, explicitly recognizes Putin’s failure in Ukraine. To override this defeat, the Russian President raised the stakes and embarked on a venture in Syria, but even there no victory is possible. "
Piontkovsky is sure Putin will also fail in Syria. And it will be the second consecutive foreign policy defeat. Then all the so-called Russian political elite will turn away from the president.
In addition, the analyst predicts escalating confrontation between the Russian regions and the center.