Russia Is Not Losing In Ukraine

Contrary to the complacent narrative promoted by Western journalists, Russia’s invasion is not collapsing and Ukrainian victory is not inevitable

Allan Milne Lees

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Image credit: Moscow Times

In late February 2022, Russia’s dictator Vladimir Putin ordered a massive invasion of peaceful neighboring Ukraine with the intention of overthrowing the pro-Western Zelensky administration and installing a pro-Kremlin puppet regime. Ukraine’s former, and now disgraced, president Yanukovych may have hoped to sit atop such a regime and thereby present the illusion of Ukrainian sovereignty.

As we all know, thanks to a mixture of advanced warning from NATO sources, enormous courage and rapid action, huge stockpiles of Soviet-era artillery ammunition, and no small amount of luck, Ukraine was able to prevent Russian invaders from entering Kyiv and so Putin’s dream of a quick and easy victory was shattered. Unfortunately for those living in areas of Ukraine under Russian occupation, countless atrocities were committed as a standard part of Russian operations. Untold thousands of unarmed Ukrainian civilians have been raped, tortured, mutilated, and murdered by Russian rabble-in-uniform who, often drunk, are encouraged to perpetrate such war crimes and are subsequently rewarded after doing so. Russian forces terrorize civilians and loot what they can.

Subsequent to their many recent battlefield defeats by Ukrainian forces, the Russian military is now focusing on destroying as much civilian infrastructure as it can so as to kill as many Ukrainians as possible over the harsh winter. Putin’s goal now is to reduce Ukraine to rubble, much as a stupid and nasty little boy would seek to smash the toys of his neighbor because he’s not allowed to play with them.

Since Ukraine’s liberation of some territory initially seized by Russian forces, and with overwhelming evidence regarding the abysmal state of the Russian military, overly-excitable Western journalists have coalesced around a triumphalist narrative in which Ukraine will inevitably win against the Russian horde and Putin’s days are numbered. The Russian economy is supposedly crippled by Western sanctions, the morale of Russian troops is rock-bottom, Russia is running out of missiles and shells by means of which to…

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Allan Milne Lees

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