(MENAFN) Former United States Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates have acknowledged that Ukraine’s military and economy are nearly entirely dependent on bailouts from the West and that, absent a radical change of course, its chances of triumph are dwindling.
The former ambassador and former head of the Pentagon wrote on Saturday in the Washington Post that Ukraine’s “economy is in a shambles.”
They went on to say that the nation’s “military capability and economy are now dependent almost entirely on lifelines from the West” and that if Ukraine were to fail to launch an effective offensive in the near future, President Vladimir Zelensky would be under pressure from the West to negotiate a ceasefire with Russian President Vladimir Putin, something he has repeatedly refused to do.
Since the frontline has remained static since the fall, Russian forces have engaged in fierce fighting with Ukrainian forces near Bakhmut/Artyomovsk, where an American mercenary commander recently acknowledged that Ukraine is suffering from “extraordinarily high casualties” and where Vadim Pristaiko, the ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, described the losses as “huge” and “indigestible.”
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