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Russia's flop to reach significant goals in Ukraine is 'quite embarrassing,'

Russia’s flop to reach significant goals in Ukraine is ‘quite embarrassing,’

Russia's flop to reach significant goals in Ukraine is 'quite embarrassing,' an ex-U.S. official says

Russia's flop to reach significant goals in Ukraine is quite embarrassing,

June 8, 2022: Russia failed to achieve its strategic goals in the first hundred days of the war. Ukraine need not cede substantial territory to end it. On Monday, William Courtney, the adjunct senior fellow at Rand Corporation, told CNBC’s “Capital Connection.”

Russia started its invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, calling it a “special military operation.” The war is entering its 100th day on Friday.

“Over 100 days, the Russians have pulled back, aiming at least tactically, perhaps not strategically, quite a lot. The initial goal was to seize three major cities: Kyiv, Kharkiv, and Odesa. Russian troops had to start from Kyiv and Kharkiv. And have not been able to get close to Odessa,” said Courtney, who functioned as U.S. ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan.

Courtney said that there’s a chance that the war could lead to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s ouster from office.

“There could be regime change in Russia. The intense pressure that Western sanctions are starting to put on the Russian economy combined with battlefield setbacks could cause popular unrest, elite infighting,” he said.

Which notes that these “setbacks” on the battlefield are embarrassing for Russia; Courtney said the Ukrainians had been able to retake some parts of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine despite Russia amassing its forces in that area.

“So these major goals are embarrassing for Russia. Right now, the Russians are concentrating their forces in Donetsk but what’s interesting is that Ukrainian forces are able to retake some parts of Donetsk in a previous couple of days,” he said, which adds that this suggests Russia may not be able to field a more significant force.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who spoke at the World Economic Forum on May 23, named for a diplomatic solution to end the war, including potential concessions of Ukraine’s territory. Ukraine firmly rejected the idea. And French President Emmanuel Macron said Russia should not be “humiliated.”

But Courtney takes a different view, which dismisses the need for a “face-saving solution” for Russia to end the war. It refers to historical events, and he said the Soviet Union had not needed to be appeased to withdraw from Afghanistan in 1989 or for the Cuban missile crisis to end.

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