Former US General Ben Hodges believes the Russian-occupied peninsula of Crimea could be liberated next summer. “Looking at this situation, I see that the situation of the Russians is deteriorating every week. They say that war is a test of will and logistics – and in both respects Ukraine is vastly superior,” he says with conviction.
When asked “How can this war end”, the former three-star general and former commander in chief of the United States Army Europe (USAREUR) replied to the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ): “The Russians must lose – otherwise they will try to talk about two or three years again.”
Hodges also summed up what he means by “losses”: “Firstly, the liberation of all occupied territories and the restoration of Ukrainian sovereignty, including Donetsk, Luhansk and, of course, Crimea. Secondly, the return of the approximately one million Ukrainians who have been killed since the were kidnapped and deported at the beginning of the war, actually prosecuting war crimes and paying reparations, but that would certainly only be the third step.”
Putin does everything he can to prolong war
From Hodges’ point of view, the Russian leadership under President Vladimir Putin has only the “one hope” that the West will lose its support for Ukraine. “So they are doing everything they can to prolong the war and spread fear and uncertainty in the West. All means are suitable for them: the young men who are now being called up as cannon fodder, as well as attacks on infrastructure in the west,” said the ex-general.
“I think that’s why we’re going to see more such acts of sabotage and attacks or at least attempts in the coming weeks and months,” Hodges, who had already predicted Russia’s defeat in the Ukraine war at the end of March, said in the FAZ. the Sunday edition of the cited journal.
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