From the very beginning of the Ukrainian war, the Western mainstream’s interpretation of the development of the conflict was unambiguous: Putin’s strategy of dividing the West failed, given the granite unity of NATO in front of a common enemy, and sanctions will soon lead to Russia defaulting with the subsequent political destabilization of Putin’s regime. Today we must note the complete groundlessness of these predictions. Instead, sanctions, not Russia, have led to an energy crisis and an impending economic recession in Europe with unpredictable results. Deep disagreements and potential conflicts are evident between NATO and EU members. It should be expected that the West will emerge from this crisis deeply divided.