A high-rise office building in central Moscow damaged in a drone strike, August 1, 2023 (Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters)

I joined The World on Australia’s ABC on Monday to analyze the latest developments in Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

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In conversation with Beverley O’Connor, I begin with the series of drone attacks on Moscow, assessing the psychological effect on Russia’s leaders.

When drones can strike office buildings that contain Russian ministries, it demonstrates that Vladimir Putin and his inner circle are not invulnerable.

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I look at the state of Ukraine’s counter-offensive, with gradual advances in the east and the south of the country, with former President Dmitry Medvedev blustering that Russia will respond to its losses with nuclear weapons.

The Ukrainian counter-offensive will continue to take territory. It will continue to get support from the West and the international community, enabling it to progress — provided the Russians cannot use disinformation to break public opinion in countries backing Kyiv to this point.

And I evaluate the importance of a forthcoming summit in Saudi Arabia, with more than 30 countries — but not Russia — invited, to consider Ukraine’s “Peace Formula” to end the invasion.

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