Russia suffers ‘catastrophic strategic disaster’ in Ukraine US Defense Department Defense News
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine has been “a devastating strategic disaster”, said Colin H., Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. Kahl told the Defense Writers Group yesterday.
Kahl informed the group about this national defense strategy And said the document lists China as a pacing threat to the United States, but Russia is a serious threat. “That word was sharp, very deliberately chosen, denoting both immediate and swift,” he said.
China has the will and resources to challenge the United States and the rules-based international order that has maintained peace since the end of World War II. But Russia’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine shows that it is a dangerous and reckless state.
Speaking on election day, Kahl was asked by reporters whether there was bipartisan support in the US’s support of Ukraine. “I think there is widespread recognition that the stakes in Ukraine are just bigger than in Ukraine,” he said.
He said elected officials of both parties understand that Ukraine is fighting not only to defend its independence and democracy, but also for a principle. “We don’t want to live in a world where big countries believe they can swallow up their smaller neighbors,” Kahl said. “It’s a recipe for global chaos and big countries. We’ve lived in such a world before: it was called the 1930s. And it ended in the most devastating global conflict in human history.”
A rule-based order is in place to prevent this naked grab for resources and power. “We don’t want to live in a world where the rules of the international order are broken, because the strong do what they want to do and the weak suffer what they have to do,” he said.
Kahl outlined the progress of Ukraine. The Ukrainian army defeated Russia’s initial campaign to capture the capital of Kyiv and forced the Russians to retreat east.
Recently, the Ukrainian military launched a retaliation against Russian troops in the northeastern part of the country outside Kharkiv. The Ukrainian army has also stabilized lines in the Donbass and the army is making systematic advances around Kherson.
“There are some indications that the Russians intend to withdraw to the east bank of the Dnieper River,” he said. “They are repositioning their forces in some way that can be interpreted as providing cover for an orderly retreat so that they do not have a disorderly retreat in Kharkiv.”
Yet he is cautious that there are still thousands of Russian troops in Ukraine. “We will have to see how it plays out,” he said.
Winter may or may not set off fighting in the country. The “mud season” has already begun in Ukraine, making operations more difficult.
“But I can say one thing with confidence, that is, Russia has already suffered a major strategic failure,” he said. “It’s not going to change.”
The Under Secretary said Putin’s goal was to end Ukraine as an independent, sovereign democratic country. “It has failed, and it is not going to change. A sovereign, independent, democratic Ukraine is about to endure,” he said.
Kahl said Putin wanted to prove that Russia was still a global power with an extraordinarily heavy military. Victory over Ukraine would allow Russia to intimidate and intimidate its neighbors. “Putin has failed,” he said. “Russia will emerge from this war weaker than it did.”
Thousands of casualties have been caused to the Russian army by Ukrainian guns and bombs. “They … have probably lost half their main battle tanks,” he said.
And the Russians have spent most of their precision-guided warships with no chance of replenishing stocks due to the sanctions and export controls imposed on the nation for the invasion. “They are not going to emerge from this war strong, they are going to emerge from this war very weak,” Kahl said.
Putin also thought the war would divide the West. “It’s built the exact opposite,” he said. ,nato More united than ever. We are on the verge of Sweden and Finland perhaps joining an alliance that … makes the alliance stronger than Russia.”
“I don’t know what victory looks like,” he continued. “But I know that Russia will not have achieved the objectives set out by Vladimir Putin. And that’s pretty much a guarantee.”
The United States and like-minded nations will continue to provide an appropriate level of assistance to Ukraine. The United States will also work with like-minded countries to counter and deter Russia.
“Whatever the appropriate level of aid, we are committed to ensuring that it continues, if for no other reason than that … Vladimir Putin has a win-win principle here,” Kahl said. “And the principle of his victory is that he will wait for all of us.”
Putin believes the West will be exhausted by war, inflation causing war and high energy prices. “I think it’s up to all of us to signal him, it won’t work,” Kahl said.
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