BY XANDER LANDEN ON 8/14/22
Russian President Vladimir Putin“realizes he’s made a mistake” with his invasion of Ukraine, former NATOSupreme Allied Commander James Stavridis said Sunday during The Cats Roundtable radio show on WABC 770 AM.
“Has Putin realized he made a mistake or does he still think he did the right thing?” host John Catsimatidis asked the former NATO leader.
“I think in the dark, quiet hours at two o’clock in the morning when he wakes up, he realizes he’s made a mistake. Publicly, he’ll never at admit that. Never. He’ll continue to maintain this fiction that Ukraine is run by ‘neo-Nazis.’ Ridiculous, obviously,” Stavridis responded.
Russian President Vladimir Putin “realizes he’s made a mistake” with the invasion of Ukraine, former NATO Supreme Allied Commander James Stavridis said Sunday. Above, Putin and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu are seen on Russia’s Navy Day on July 31.CONTRIBUTOR
“Putin will maintain that NATO has somehow pushed him into this corner, this conflict. Everything that has happened is of Vladimir Putin’s doing to include the invasion, the sanctions that have followed, the military pushback. I think he knows it in his heart, he’ll never admit it publicly,” he continued.
Stavridis was also asked when he thinks that war would conclude. He said both sides are at least six months away from coming up with a solution. However, he said what’s “driving us toward a negotiation” are the “difficulties Putin is facing as he burns through troops,” and the destruction of Russian military equipment.
“He is burning through capability. I’d say, six months from now he’s going to be in very dire straits,” the former NATO leader said of Putin. “On the other side of the battlefield, Zelensky has to recognize that the patience of the West and the continued flow of cash and weapons is not infinite. I think both those factors will ultimately drive the sides to come to some kind of negotiation…”
Newsweek has reached out to the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment.
In an interview last month, Stavridis said he believed the Russia-Ukraine war would likely end in four to six months, and have a conclusion similar to the Korean War.
“I see this one headed toward a Korean War ending, which is to say an armistice, a militarized zone between the two sides, ongoing animosity, kind of a frozen conflict. Look for that in a four- to six-month period. Neither side can sustain it much beyond that,” he said at the time.
In an interview last week, Kurt Volker, a distinguished fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and former U.S. special representative for Ukraine negotiations, said he believedRussia is in a “weak position” position in the war, citing military losses and political isolation.
The “Korean War ending” scenario is not acceptable as it implies giving up land.
The only “demilitarized zone” can be the pre-2014 RuSSian border. Which can only be achieved with a quadrupling of support from Ukraine’s top three allies.
Of course, the little rat knows that it was a mistake to invade Ukraine. Not that he would never do it again. He would only do it differently.
““I see this one headed toward a Korean War ending, which is to say an armistice, a militarized zone between the two sides, ongoing animosity, kind of a frozen conflict. Look for that in a four- to six-month period. Neither side can sustain it much beyond that,”
Given a chance to get a ceasefire somehow that looks even remotely favorable to him would be a grave mistake. This will not bring peace, this brings only a temporary respite. This cannot be acceptable in any way. Only a complete military defeat of mafia land will bring lasting peace in the region. Giving Putler any sort of ceasefire means all the sacrifices were for nothing. The many deaths that Ukraine suffered, the destruction and all the money and weapons that the West provided to Ukraine, all for virtually nothing!