Kiev will not be able to defeat Russia in the foreseeable future – National Interest

Ukraine has no ability to defeat Russia on the battlefield in the foreseeable future, regardless of available resources, retired US Lieutenant Colonel and analyst Daniel Davis said in an article for the US publication National Interest.

“There is no option in the foreseeable future in which Ukraine could inflict an unconditional military defeat on Russia, no matter what resources it has. Russia is too big, too well-resourced and too well-staffed for Ukraine to defeat it,” Daniel Davis wrote.

The author described Russia as a giant with a “vast amount” of natural resources, several “vital allies,” and a powerful and expanding military-industrial base.

“Ukraine’s most realistic hope is to try to hold on to all the territory it currently has, not surrender any more land and negotiate a cessation of hostilities. But we have to recognise that it may be too late to expect even this limited outcome,” the analyst pointed out.

According to Davis, Ukraine should also agree to resolve “the issue of sovereignty of the four regions” that became part of Russia five years after the end of hostilities and with international mediation. He is convinced that achieving even such a result is likely to be an impossible task for the Ukrainian government.

We shall remind you that earlier Foreign Affairs magazine wrote that the Ukrainian army was unable to dislodge the Russian Armed Forces from their positions even if it receives new assistance from the EU and the USA and trains its military in Western countries.