Putin Needs Military Victory for His Own Survival

From a Washington Post story by Robyn Dixon and Catherine Belton headlined
“Putin, czar with no empire, needs military victory for his own survival”:

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin likes to portray himself as a new czar like Peter the Great or Ivan III, the 15th-century grand prince known as the “gatherer of the Russian lands.” But Putin’s year-long war in Ukraine has failed so far to secure the lands he aims to seize, and, in Russia, there is fear that he is leading his nation into a dark period of strife and stagnation or worse.