Western intelligence officials have warned that Russia could still “win” the war in Ukraine despite botching its initial invasion.
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“[Vladimir] Putin clearly failed to meet his original pre-war goals,” an official said Reuters. But he was “still able to win”.
The timeswho said the war is now expected to last until the end of the year, reported that Western intelligence agencies suggest Putin made tactical adjustments after his Troops were “humiliated” in the first two months. the invasion.
Putin has appointed an experienced commander to oversee the second phase of Russia’s war effort. General Alexander Dvornikov led Moscow’s intervention in Syria, where he ordered the bombing of Aleppo.
Russia’s troops now outnumbered Ukrainian forces in the east by three to one and could orbit and “destroy” a significant portion, Times officials said. It is also believed that Russia could launch a new attack on Kyiv or cut off the Ukrainian capital from the Black Sea.
The main focus of the war is the eastern Donbass region, which is largely “flat with solid terrain”, The Times said, which will pose fewer problems Russian artillery and tanks compared to northern Ukraine.
However, the official added, the invasion remains a “strategic mistake” for Russia given the significant casualties its army has suffered and the way the conflict has unfolded changed the security architecture of Europe at the expense of Russia.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said Russia’s gains in the east of the country were only temporary. In his last daily address, he said: “You can only delay the inevitable, the moment when the invaders have to leave our territory.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/956503/russia-can-still-win-ukraine-war Russia may still ‘win’ the war in Ukraine, Western officials warn