We hope the premise implied by this thread's title is accurate, but the longer Russia continues fighting Ukraine and bombing noncombatants far from the front lines, the less optimistic I become.
Despite the hundreds of thousands of casualties Russia's military has "suffered", Russia propaganda, machine and Putin's crafty deception to his sleepwalking nation will probably result in a landslide relection of Putin to a yet another term as Russia's "leader".
For most of Russia's history over the past 300 or so years, Russia has had oppressive, autocratic government systems that exist through an insidious structure with privileged insiders and entrenched enforcers and compliant rest of the country.
From the Tsars, with their brutal secret police, to Lenin and Stalin with theirs, and through Russia's Cold War imperialism years, Russia's masses have been compeled to complacency through intimidation, lies,and calls for patriotism to Mother Russia and/or to phony Marxism. And during the Cold War era, Russian leaders and the KGB perfected the strategy of creating international vassal states to surround it. And today this is exactly what Putin wants to recreate.
As the richest kleptocrat in Europe, Putin can buy the loyalty of the Belarusian government, and apparently he is able to support would-be autocrats in other countries, like Hungary, and perhaps now, Slovakia. His mercenaries are exploiting autocratic movements throughout the world from Syria to Timbuktu, and possibly even in Central Asia, South America, and Caucasia. And he's buying off certain Western politicians & influencers in America and Europe. Very shrewd Tavarish Lt. Col. Putin!
I recommend these links to understand what makes Putin and Russia so much more dangerous than what's already evident by the violence they've wreaked in Chechnya, Syria, & now Ukraine:
"For Putin, It's All About the Money" time.com
The amazing revelations of Russian journalist ofStanislav Belkovsky: en.wikipedia.org
About "Chekism", Russia's unique & insidious post-Cold War form of autocracy under Putin and which is likely to continue indefinitely after Putin is gone: en.wikipedia.org