Had a conversation with him before Christmas about the rents. I nearly choked on a chip when he told me what he was paying out for rent and business rates. It's a fair sized space but very expensive all the same. I thought at the time that his days there must be numbered. Will be a shame to see them go because the meals are always spot on, reasonably priced and the staff are always pleasant and welcoming.
An interesting article - about a year old. I don't completely agree with all of it, but I think the author has a good grasp of the current situation.
There is also the issue of arms and weaponry meant for Ukraine turning up in Africa and being used by unsavoury groups.
Putin is too invested in this war and will not end it, doesn't matter to him how many Russians and Ukrainians die and the west will never directly fight Russia as too afraid of WW3, so Ukraine will slowly be destroyed.
Diplomacy is really the only way out.