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Russia’s special operation in Ukraine has put former Soviet states in an extremely difficult situation.
RG: Patrushev comments on causes and progress of special operation: to keep WMDs from US-allied radicals; Russia committed to helping “brotherly people return to normal life” in freed Ukrainian land.
NG: Costs of economic, image losses for Russia do not outweigh existential threat it faces.
Russian military experts on expected outcome of Russian special military operation: Russian air superiority will quickly overwhelm Ukrainian defenses with little loss of life; Zelensky will flee charges of war crimes; ‘new historical era’ is coming
Lukyanov: Current tensions reminiscent of Cuban missile crisis and can be resolved the same way – via mutual security guarantees.
Retired FSB Gen. Savostyanov voices support for Ivashov’s letter opposing war in Ukraine, calling for Putin’s resignation, says an unsuccessful war with heavy losses will cause Putin’s rapid demise.
Col. Gen. Ivashov pens appeal to Putin calling for his resignation, says greatest threats to Russia come from its incompetent leadership, nonviable model of government and passive population; external threats not critical now.
IN HIS classic book On War, the eminent 19th century German military theorist Carl von Clausewitz generalized the experience of the Napoleonic wars: “The art of war … makes War of all branches of human activity the most like a gambling game.”1 It seems that since the time when Clausewitz defined war as “the continuation […]
US, NATO again reject Russian demands; Stoltenberg demands Russia withdraw from break-away republics; Peskov: no INF without broad guarantees, Putin to decide ‘further actions.’
Golts: Moscow’s view of European security ignores the fact that host countries gave consent to U.S. presence on their territory in light of security threat posed by Russia.