According to former US four-star general and former CIA boss David Petraeus, there will be no military winner in the war in Ukraine. Petraeus said in an interview that the war would end with a negotiated solution between Russia and Ukraine. He assumes that Russian losses in Ukraine “someday” – months or even years from now – will be “out of control”. Then Kremlin boss Vladimir Putin will be forced to negotiate.
According to Petraeus, Putin “still believes that Russia can suffer longer than the Ukrainians, Europeans and Americans,” the US general said in an interview with the “Tagesspiegel”. But the ex-CIA boss is sure that the Russian rulers will learn a lesson. But that will take time. Neither Putin nor Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy are ready to start negotiations at the moment.
As with the deployment of the Soviet army in Afghanistan, the losses and costs for Moscow would be disproportionate, Petraeus believes. Western military experts assume that the costs and losses for Russia in the first three months of the invasion of Ukraine were already as high as in nine years of the Afghan war.
“War will end with a negotiated solution”
The Ukrainians would provide reconstruction aid “similar to a Marshall Plan” as well as reliable security guarantees. Then the US, EU, UK and other countries would work with Ukraine and Russia to find a solution. “The war in Ukraine will end with a negotiated solution,” the general said confidently in the interview.
Until then, the US, NATO and Western allies should do everything possible to enable Ukraine to liberate its country, defend its people and infrastructure, and hasten Putin’s realization that Russia’s commitment to Ukraine is not sustainable. .
Ukraine wants NATO tanks and modern missiles
Ukraine’s leaders certainly know how to defend their country: they are pushing for deliveries of NATO main battle tanks and Patriot missile defense systems. In this way, civilian infrastructure can be protected against Russian attacks, Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said at the NATO foreign ministers’ conference in Bucharest. A decision on deliveries should be made as soon as possible. Kuleba also wants to start talks on his country’s application to join the Western military alliance.
In any case, the German federal government wants to give Ukraine more Gepard anti-aircraft gun tanks for defense. In a conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Selenskyj, Chancellor Olaf Scholz made it clear “that we can send some Gepard tanks to Ukraine again,” government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit said.
Are tanks coming from Qatar?
Details of arms transfers are not disclosed until the transfer has taken place. “Since the Bundeswehr has not had cheetahs since 2012, they are not from the Bundeswehr,” Hebestreit said. This left only one delivery from industrial stocks or from Qatar, where World Cup stadiums are protected from potential terrorist attacks from the air by German Gepard anti-aircraft gun tanks. So far, 30 of the tanks from the stocks of the manufacturer KMW have been delivered to Ukraine.
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