Ex-US Envoy to Russia Says Putin Won’t Recover From Ukraine Blunders

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  • Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, said Putin has “failed” in his Ukrainian goals.
  • Six months into the war, Putin has had too many failures to get back from them, he said.
  • McFaul also referred to the fact that Putin now lacks the troops necessary to accomplish any substantial goals.

Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, said Russian leader Vladimir Putin has faced too many failures in the Ukraine war and is unlikely to recover from them.

Speaking on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, McFaul stated that Putin had “failed” in all of his “strategic objectives” set for the invasion of Moscow.

“Remember, six months ago he said he would unite Ukrainians and Russians because Ukrainians are just Russians with accents. He failed to do that,” McFaul said. “He failed in denazification. He failed in demilitarization. He failed to take the capital Kiev. And now he’s just fighting in Donetsk and Kherson.’

McFaul also referenced how Putin ordered the Russian military to find 137,000 new troops last week, saying this was likely an attempt by the Russian leader to break a “stalemate” in the disputed Ukrainian regions.

“So, on a strategic level, I think he failed in this war. I don’t see him recovering,” McFaul said.

He said Putin could now shift his focus to the Donbas region as a “new target” in the conflict, but added that the Russian leader would need many more troops to make that happen. McFaul said such a pivot would also require an “across the board,” which Putin may not undertake for fear of making the Russians “unlucky.”

McFaul added that the Russians may think that “time is on their side” and that the tide may turn in their favor the longer the war lasts – as the Ukrainians could eventually run out of resources.

McFaul isn’t the first military and foreign policy expert to speak out about how Putin’s war in Ukraine came to a halt. A former NATO commander, James Stravridis, said this month he believes Putin knows he made a “serious mistake” by invading Ukraine.

Meanwhile, Putin has boasted that Russian weapons are “years” and “decades” ahead of their rivals’ weapons, even as his military has been forced to use outdated Soviet-era armor in Ukraine. On the other hand, Ukrainian troops are armed with HIMARS long-range weapon systems sent by the US, which have proved highly effective in the conflict.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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