Yet another frozen conflict, yet another temporary holding pattern, yet another face-saving compromise will not end the pattern of Russian aggression or bring permanent peace. "Off ramp" is the wrong metaphor
If my thesis is right, Putin's ruling principle is national renewal through destruction, not "stability." That means he'll always be seeking something to destroy - and Ukraine will continue to be a convenient target until the Russian military is totally defanged.
Exactly! Russia has shown all its difficulties in conducting complex military operations. If the current Russian leadership remains in office, any treaty will only be seen by them as a temporary suspension of hostilities. The war will resume in 2 or 3 years.