Russia May Have Lost the War, But That Does Not Mean Ukraine Will Win It

Source: CounterPunch
by Patrick Cockburn

“Putin’s great gamble was already doomed and he was not going to reconquer Ukraine, a land which Russia had held for most of the previous 300 years. Without it, Russia remains a powerful European state, but nowhere near recovering its status as a superpower. … A word of caution here. Hubris is not the monopoly of autocrats. Premature triumphalism exacts a price, as Western political leaders should have learned in the Iraqi and Afghan wars. The Ukrainian army had close to a walkover in Kharkiv, but the same was not true of its offensive directed against Kherson where it suffered heavy casualties. … Both Russia and Ukraine could be the losers in this war.” (09/19/22)