An expert has said that Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine will collapse and there “could be sudden and catastrophic defeat” and the Russian President “will not survive.”
Author and political scientist Francis Fukuyama said the Russian military is now facing the possibility of “outright defeat”
He told the American Purpose website, “The collapse of their position could be sudden and catastrophic, rather than happening slowly through a war of attrition.
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“The army in the field will reach a point where it can neither be supplied nor withdrawn, and morale will vaporise.
“Russian soldiers were evidently carrying dress uniforms for their victory parade in Kyiv rather than extra ammo and rations.”
He added, “Putin will not survive the defeat of his army.
“He gets support because he is perceived to be a strongman; what does he have to offer once he demonstrates incompetence and is stripped of his coercive power?”
The former chief of the general staff of the British army, General Lord Richard Dannatt, told Sky News that Putin has not achieved much in this war and the military have suffered many setbacks.
Lord Dannatt said, “The significance from the Ukrainian’s point of view was just how long the fighters within the steelworks managed to hold out and hold on, because that dragged in such large numbers of Russian troops who otherwise might have been deployed elsewhere.
“[Putin] feels obviously very strongly he’s got to achieve something. And that something is, in his view, the complete control of the Donbas region.
“Elsewhere they’ve done really poorly. I think the Russians, according to reports, are making some small gains but frankly, small gains isn’t going to win this campaign for them.
“The Ukrainians are still retaining the very well-prepared defensive positions that they’ve occupied for the last six, seven, eight years.
“With Ukrainian standing on the defence, it’s the Russians who have to throw their combat power against well-prepared Ukrainian positions. And that largely explains why the Russians are taking so many casualties.”