Russia’s failure to achieve major goals might lead to ‘regime change’ in Moscow hopes America

Russia’s failure to achieve major goals in Ukraine is ‘quite embarrassing,’ ex-U.S.

Ravi Buddhavarapu

@RAVISHANKARBUDD

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KEY POINTS

  • “Over 100 days, the Russians have pulled back their aims at least tactically, perhaps not strategically, quite a lot. The original goal was to seize three major cities: Kyiv, Kharkiv and Odessa. Russian troops had to withdraw from Kyiv and Kharkiv. And [they] have not been able to get close to Odessa,” said William Courtney, adjunct senior fellow at Rand Corporation.
  • “So (failure to achieve) these major goals really is quite embarrassing for Russia,” said the former U.S. ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan.
  • “There could be regime change in Russia. The intense pressure that western sanctions are beginning to put on the Russian economy combined with battlefield setbacks could cause … popular unrest, elite infighting,” he added.

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