The Baltic states have no 'place for monuments to the Soviet -- in reality, Russian -- occupation', says one observer.
Kremlin-produced ads for the Russian army specifically target socially vulnerable, uneducated, desperate men between the ages of 20 and 50 with financial problems.
Public sentiment is shifting inside Russia, with support for Putin and the Ukraine war plummeting amid a growing sense pessimism about the future.
Russia's war on Ukraine has severely diminished its reputation and has called into question its global standing and superpower status.
The Russian president has nothing good to say about the so-called 'special military operation' in Ukraine -- now in its 11th month -- or about the economic situation at home, analysts say.
While Russian forces have previously lost much larger swathes of territory, the expulsion from Kherson was a strategic setback and even the recapture of Crimea by Ukraine is being discussed.
Analysts see Kremlin-backed machinations afoot in Moldova, which is trying to break free of Moscow.
In front of his regional counterparts and journalists, Rahmon treated Putin, who sat across from him, to a bitter, outraged monologue that ran for over seven minutes.
'Central Asia is slipping out of their hands, and they're panicking,' one observer said of Russian leaders, adding that they 'aren't hiding their plans to revive the Soviet Union'.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned Russia's annexation of occupied parts of Ukraine, calling it 'a dangerous escalation' that 'has no place in the modern world'.