The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary 16th May 2024
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Hindu Editorial Vocab On Effects of Ukraine War

Russia’s Vladimir Putin is finding it difficult to keep the effects of war from hitting home 

One of the key decisions Vladimir Putin took after being sworn in as Russia’s President for the fifth time was to remove his long-time Minister of Defence, Sergei Shoigu. That Andrei Belousov, a civilian economist, has been brought in to run the Defence Ministry shows how much the war in Ukraine has become an economic battle for Russia as it struggles to stabilize (to cause something to become fixed and stop changing, esp. in order to keep it from becoming worse, or to become fixed and stop changing) its war-time economy and keep its energy ties and defence production going despite biting western sanctions. There have been criticisms about the way Mr. Shoigu planned and executed the war, which Russia, according to western intelligence, expected to be a quick affair. But Mr. Shoigu, who successfully executed (to do or perform something, especially in a planned way) the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and Russia’s military intervention (the action of becoming intentionally involved in a difficult situation, in order to improve it or prevent it from getting worse) in Syria starting 2015, has deep ties with both the Kremlin and Russia’s defence industrial complex. Even when Russia faced setbacks initially and a rare rebellion (violent action organized by a group of people who are trying to change the political system in their country) led by the late Wagner chief Yevgeny Prigozhin challenged the defence leadership, Mr. Putin threw his weight behind Mr. Shoigu. But now, as Mr. Putin begins a new term with a promise to Russia of victory in Ukraine he has decided to shake up the Defence Ministry and bring in a technocrat (an expert in science or technology who has a lot of power in or influence with the government or industry) whose quick and primary responsibility would be to meet military objectives quickly.

The change comes at a time when Russia has gained battlefield momentum (the quality that keeps an event developing or making progress after it has started). Last week, it launched a new offensive in the northeast, in an apparent (able to be seen or understood) bid to attack Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city. Ukraine is expecting new weapons from the U.S., but it is not clear whether that would be enough for its war-fatigued army to withstand the Russian onslaught. Mr. Putin’s immediate (used to refer to something or someone that is close to, or is a cause of or an effect of, something or someone else) goal is to win the war, but he does not have a clear path to victory either. The war has caused lasting damage to Russia’s ties with the West, especially with Europe with which Mr. Putin had sought to build strong economic and energy ties, and driven Russia deeper into China’s hands. At home, he has tightened his grip on the state and society and is intolerant (disapproving of or refusing to accept ideas or ways of behaving that are different from your own) of dissent. For now, the state has managed to prevent the effects of sanctions reaching ordinary citizens, but it remains to be seen how long the Kremlin can do so if the war continues endlessly. Ukraine has also taken the war to Russia, by attacking its Black Sea fleet and border towns, raising the costs of the war. Mr. Putin seems to be thinking that the momentum is on his side, irrespective of the challenges. But even if his troops make further gains in Ukraine, he would be ruling over a Russia that is internally (inside a person, organization, place, country, etc.) more repressive (controlling what people do, especially by using force), economically weaker and isolated (happening or existing only once, separate) in the West and in a war of attrition with a permanently hostile neighbour.

Hindu Editorial Vocab Wordlist 16th May 2024

The Hindu Editorial Vocabulary is covered daily to improve the word power of aspirants preparing for government exams. Candidates can learn new words daily with Hindu Editorial Vocabulary 16th May 2024.

  • Stabilize: To cause something to become fixed and stop changing, esp. in order to keep it from becoming worse, or to become fixed and stop changing.
  • Executed: To do or perform something, especially in a planned way.
  • Intervention: The action of becoming intentionally involved in a difficult situation, in order to improve it or prevent it from getting worse.
  • Rebellion: Violent action organized by a group of people who are trying to change the political system in their country.
  • Technocrat: An expert in science or technology who has a lot of power in or influence with the government or industry.
  • Momentum: The quality that keeps an event developing or making progress after it has started.
  • Apparent: Able to be seen or understood.
  • Immediate: Used to refer to something or someone that is close to, or is a cause of or an effect of, something or someone else.
  • Intolerant: Disapproving of or refusing to accept ideas or ways of behaving that are different from your own.
  • Internally: Inside a person, organization, place, country, etc.
  • Repressive: Controlling what people do, especially by using force.
  • Isolated: Happening or existing only once, separate.

The Hindu Vocab Master 16th May with Synonyms & Antonyms

Know synonyms and antonyms of difficult words in Hindu Vocab Master on 16th May 2024.

Difficult WordsSynonyms & Antonyms
StabilizeSynonym: Maintain, Balance
Antonym: Destroy, Forget
ExecutedSynonym: Completed, Accomplished
Antonym: Incomplete, Unfinished
InterventionSynonym: Meditation, Interference
Antonym: Encouragement, Assistance
RebellionSynonym: Dissent, Insurgency
Antonym: Obedience, Submission
MomentumSynonym: Energy, Power
Antonym: Lethargy, Weakness
ApparentSynonym: Possible, Probable
Antonym: Unlikely, Doubtful
ImmediateSynonym: Actual, Prompt
Antonym: Distant, Eventually
IntolerantSynonym: Dictatorial, Biased
Antonym: Fair, Impartial
InternallySynonym: Within, Inside
Antonym: Exterior, External
RepressiveSynonym: Restrictive, Coercive
Antonym: Friendly, Kind
IsolatedSynonym: Confined, Deserted
Antonym: Close, Open

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