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Putin May Have Overplayed His Hand by Invading Ukraine, Experts Say: ‘Massive Miscalculation’

President Vladimir Putin is facing massive protests in Russia over the war against Ukraine
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Valdai Discussion Club's plenary meeting Oct. 21, 2021, in Sochi, Russia. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during the Valdai Discussion Club’s plenary meeting Oct. 21, 2021, in Sochi, Russia. (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)

President Vladimir Putin may have overplayed his hand by invading Ukraine as opposition to the war grows in Russia, experts told Fox News Digital.

“This is a massive miscalculation,” said University of Wisconsin-Madison Professor Yoshiko Herrera, who is an expert on U.S-Russian relations. “This action yesterday was just another level of crazy. It’s a ruination of Russia for decades, so damaging for Ukraine and so costly all around.”

More than 1,700 demonstrators in Russia protesting the unprovoked attack on Ukraine have been arrested, according to OVD Info, a Russian human rights organization. 

The demonstrations are especially noteworthy in a country that fiercely suppresses dissent, Herrera said. 

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