14. Putin Cult and Putin Problems Even More Obvious in Crimea than in Chechnya. Billboards and other advertisements of the Kremlin leader are even more prominent in Russian-occupied Crimea than they are in Chechnya, journalists say. But so too are the shortcomings of the Putin system: in Crimea now, some pensioners are being given toilet paper in lieu of cash for their monthly stipends.
15. Donbass Occupiers Haven’t Gained Support – In Fact, They Appear to Be Losing It. At the start of the pro-Moscow invasion in 2014, just under one in five of the residents of Ukraine’s Donbass supported the new rulers. The share now is no greater and is likely less as reports come in of residents protesting against the DNR and LNR powers that be.