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Two former US secretaries: “Time is not on Ukraine’s side”

In an opinion article written by each of Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice andFormer US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, in The Washington Post, the two writers said that the Russian President Vladimir Putin He remains fully committed to “returning all of Ukraine under Russian control or – failing that – destroying it as a viable state”.

They added that Putin “believes that his historical destiny — his Christian mission — is to re-establish the Russian Empire.” Zbigniew Brzezinski Years ago, there could be no Russian empire without Ukraine.

In the article, he noted that “defeat is not an option” for Putin, and that he “cannot cede to Ukraine the four eastern provinces that he has declared part of Russia. If he is not successful militarily this year, he must retain control of sites in the east and south.” Ukraine That provide future launching points for renewed offensives to seize the rest of Ukraine’s coast on Black Seaarea control Donbass and then move west.

And they touched on that the Ukrainian economy “is in a state of chaos, millions of its population have fled, its infrastructure has been destroyed, much of its mineral wealth and large industrial capacity. Agricultural lands are under Russian control,” and they noted that the Ukrainian military and economy now depend almost entirely on lifelines. From the West – the United States in the first place.

Rice, who held the position of Secretary of State between 2005 and 2009, and Gates, who was Secretary of Defense from 2006 to 2011, added in their article that “in the absence of another major Ukrainian penetration and success against Russian forcesWestern pressure on Ukraine to negotiate a cease-fire will increase as months of military stalemate pass.

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Rice and Gates considered that “the only way to avoid such a scenario is for the United States and its allies to urgently provide Ukraine with a significant increase in supplies and military capabilities – sufficient to deter a renewed Russian offensive and enable Ukraine to push back Russian forces in the east and south.”

The two former ministers discussed reasons for concern United State On the situation in Ukraine, noting that “the United States learned the hard way – in 1914, 1941 and 2001 – that unprovoked aggression and attacks on the rule of law and international order cannot be ignored.”

In their article, they called on NATO countries to support Ukraine with heavy weapons such as Abrams tanks And long-range missiles, drones, and various munitions in large quantities.

considered Condoleezza Rice AndRobert Gates The way to avoid confrontation with Russia in the future is to help Ukraine fend off Russian forces now.