While the world has rightly focussed on the war crimes committed by Russian forces in the suburbs of Kiev in recent days, the question of why this is happening remains tragically unanswered. Since Putin’s forces invaded Ukraine on Feb 24, a set of comfort blanket narratives has emerged in the West to help a confused and disorientated body politic make sense of the war. Chief among them is the idea that Putin is Hitler, that is to say a(n otherwise rational) genocidal expansionist.
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