What could he do against such a coup, such unanimous military resistance? If all his soldiers in Ukraine lay down their weapons and his pilots refuse to fly and the tanks stand still? And all the generals and commanders defy his orders? No doubt many of those now advancing into Ukraine are asking themselves why. The Russian people don't want this war, the Ukrainians don't want it, most of the world doesn't want it. Putin can stop anti-war protestors in the streets of Russia, throw them all in jail or shoot them, but how could he stop his entire army from refusing to take his orders?
How to make them see that, en masse, they CAN DISOBEY? Putin doesn't care about economic sanctions, he's prepared for that well in advance, for sure. And if Nato troops are pushed to act, he'll have his insane finger on the nuclear button.
I keep on believing that mass disobedience..the word MASS is crucial..can be the tool to resolve specific crises such as the current one. Supposing the whole of the Russian military simply refuse to carry out their orders, what could Putin do about it? He can't kill them all because he would no longer have an army and it would take too long to build up a new one. What is needed is a powerful, radical psychological movement which gives confidence to huge numbers of individuals who are used by governments to carry out their plans, confidence that they can refuse those plans. It has to be more than flower-power etc. The most sophisticated weaponry still needs humans to activate it. The most powerful leaders in the world still need human beings gathered together as armies to do their bidding.